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Basic multiplication troubles

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    I realized my biggest problem with math so far is I'm having trouble with basic multiplication, and was wondering what was the best way of learning the basic multiplication tables?
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  3. Sep 14, 2012 #2


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    Drill and exercise.
  4. Sep 14, 2012 #3
    There's no trick. You just have to do it again and again until you have it. You shouldn't even think about anything less than 13 by 13 or so, it needs to just be a reflex.
  5. Sep 14, 2012 #4


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    Whatever helps you memorize the table. Flash cards worked well with one of my students last year.
  6. Sep 14, 2012 #5
    Before I went back to school for math (at 35) I literally went to the kid section in the bookstore and bought flashcards for multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. (Funnily enough I found out I was worse at addition and subtraction than multiplication and division.)

    There's also stuff online (just google) and also if you have a smartphone there are a lot of great apps. I have a few on my droid that I go through sometimes. I don't want to be one of those people who can only do advanced math but forgets how to do arithmetic, so I intend to keep it up.

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  7. Sep 14, 2012 #6
    khanacademy.org has a ton of basic math exercises you an do online.
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