By Carolyn C. Diaz on July 12 2018 05:25:28
What it is about memorizing multiplication tables that make my kids throw their pencil across the room and shout, “I hate math?” It is because, unlike spelling or vocabulary, numbers don’t create pictures for us. Multiplication tables are strings of seemingly random numbers that our children are expected to not only remember, but keep in order and in context with the numbers they are multiplying by.
Use flashcards. Make multiplication cards for each number set. Although this may seem tedious, the process of making the cards will actually help you to learn them. Once you’ve made them, spend some time each day studying until you know them all. Focus on one number set at a time. When you go through the cards, put the ones you get wrong back into the pile so you see them multiple times.
Students usually begin learning basic multiplication by second grade. This skill will be essential as kids advance in class and study advanced concepts like algebra. Many teachers recommend using times tables to learn how to multiply because they allow students to begin with small numbers and work their way up. The grid-like structures make it easy to visualize how numbers increase as they are multiplied. They are also efficient. You can complete most times tables worksheets in one or two minutes, and students can track their performance to see how they improve over time.
There are thousands of algebra books out there that break down algebra to its easiest components. Many learning styles in these books are different so take the time to go through them and find one that looks like you might understand or one that accommodates your learning style. Many books explain some algebra concepts better than other. Choose a variety of books or online courses. You can get a live tutor. It will be much easier to learn from someone who s already familiar with the concepts of algebra. There are online communities where people discuss their algebra problems and help each other. Remember though that even if you are a member of one the many popular interactive algebra communities you still need to study and practice a lot.
simple math worksheets
educational math worksheets
mathematic education sheets