When it comes to times tables most students in primary and secondary schools, may get anxious and fret about it. The student thinks that it is too difficult to learn and implement in their studies.
The student does not realise how vital this skill will become and how important it is to learn at a very young age when the brain absorbs so much information and places it into long-term memory.
The student will just be scared to tackle this and will feel it is impossible to do so.
Don’t worry about it!
However, as the tutor it is your job to help the student gain confidence in this area and make the student feel that they can conquer the times tables.
First: Why are times tables so important for the student that its vital for all maths, and science in general? Here is a list that you can tell the students when they ask this question!!!
- For all mathematics you need to know how to multiply and divide and that requires times tables knowledge.
- It is good for everyday skills such as when you go shopping to be able to check if buying in multiples if cheaper than buying one larger product, such as makeup for girls or footy clothing for boys etc.
- For sciences it is important to be able to know your times tables.
- For maths when you are doing the problem-solving questions then knowing times tables will be important when trying to solve some of those questions, which will make it much easier to solve those problems.
- Some examples in real life where you would need to know your times tables include: measuring used for a garage mechanic, a doctor, scientist, lawyer etc.
- It is a vital tool to help a student build on their maths and science skills from an early age to be able to keep the times tables in their long-term memory.
Ten tips to get through times tables
- Practice the student’s times tables one times tables at a time each lesson.
- You can play a game with the student by getting the student to write out on small square pieces of paper 30 times tables questions, with the answers on the back of the cards, and use them to test the student, choosing randomly, a different card each time.
- You can play maths memory by getting the student to write on 40 square cards, 20 times tables questions and their answers and then mixing them all up and playing a game where you pick up two cards and try to see if they are a match. I.e. the question and answer matches.
- You can simply get the student to print out a colourful maths times tables chart and then tell them to pin it up or stick it to their desks, and that could help them when they are doing maths problems and solutions.
With all these tips I hope that times tables will be easy to teach the student!