2. Invest in some times tables board games or card games
Take a look in your local book shop or online shops for maths learning games. Some good examples are Mrs J’s Brilliant Tables Game (nothing to do with me!), Times Tables Swat and Times Tables Snap. You can also play with a normal deck of cards: split the pack between two and play as if it were “Snap!”. Instead of shouting snap when you get the same number, the first person to shout the correct answer to the product of the two numbers wins. For example, if I turn over a 4 and you turn over a 2, the first to shout “8!” adds both cards to their hand.
3. Practise your tables during everyday activities
Try not to treat tables practice as if it were homework. Practise during normal, everyday activities, such as on the walk to school, over breakfast or during the adverts on TV.
5. Don’t forget to practise your divisions!
Learning “4 divided by 2 equals 2” is just as important as learning “2 times 2 equals 4”. In fact, it will strengthen your understanding of your times tables. If you’re testing someone on their tables, throw in some divisionquestions now and again.
How do you like to practise your tables?
Tell us in the comments below!
Did you find this post useful? Please share on social media!
Most of us have habits. Some are good, some are bad! Maybe you bite your nails? Do you instinctively have a cup of tea in the morning, or a glass of water in the evening?
You can do the same with maths! Now that we have an app for anything and millions of websites, it’s never been easier. We can even allow the apps to send notifications to encourage us!
I have put together my own list of personal favourite apps and sites for you to try. I have tested them all, and I don’t pay for any of them. This is a completely honest list; I have not been asked to endorse any site or app.
I have been using Khan Academy for years and I always recommend it to my students. You can use it through the website, but there is also an app. I think the website is a lot better at this stage.
The great thing about Khan Academy is that it spans so many levels. It starts at “kindergarten” and goes up to university level. For each topic, you can work through unlimited practice questions, read through lessons, watch informative videos and read tips. You can do all or some of these, so it suits all learning styles.
I have used Khan Academy with students as young as six and they love it. Older students also find it very helpful. It’s easy to spend a few minutes or a few hours on the site and it’s all completely free.
Transum Mathematics is a big website designed for maths teachers, but the Starter of The Day page is great for students. They have a different maths puzzle for every day of the year. Many are what I would consider to be brain-teasers, which can be really fun to get stuck into as a family.
The difficulty varies from day to day, but I think most of the activities suit anyone from Key Stage 2 to adult learners. Of course, the fact that it’s a daily puzzle is something that can help you to build your maths habit! Every day might be a bit much, but perhaps you could try every other day, or every weekend.
There are many websites and apps to help you improve the speed and accuracy of your times tables, but I particularly like this site. It’s very simple and allows you to choose which tables are included, how many questions are asked, and whether you have multiplication questions, division questions or a combination of the two.
It also records your speed and accuracy, so it’s really good for building that habit! Why not try ten questions a day? That’s probably only a minute or two. Record your score on a note on the fridge and get other family members involved. We learn our times tables at primary school, but I find that many older students need to brush up on these skills too.
Most people think of Memrise as a tool for learning languages, but it has loads of maths courses too! You can use Memrise through the website or by downloading the excellent app.
The content is made by other users and there is a premium (paid) option, but I’ve always found the free account to be more than helpful. You can allow the app to send you notifications, so it’s great for building our maths habit!
Courses range from multiplication to GCSE and each can take anywhere from 35 minutes to 81 hours to complete! I think the style of Memrise is very enjoyable and makes learning any subject into a game.
It’s great for other subjects too, so have a little explore and add the courses you want to try.
I’ve been using Elevate a lot recently and I love it. It’s described as a brain-training app for adults, but I think it’s great for KS2 & 3 students and adults. You can practise your maths and English skills through very quick and fungames.
It tracks your high scores and you can unlock new games by doing well in each subject. Again, you can allow the app to send you notifications to help build your maths habit!
The app does have a premium option, but the free version is great if you just want to do a little each each day. I did sign up for the free trial when I first started using the app, and this allows you to play all of the games as much as you want. I would recommend saving the free trial for a school holiday or just before an exam so that you can get the most out of it.