For some learners, times tables can be a daunting, frustrating experience with jumbles of questions and answers blending together in their heads so that by the time they figure out the answer, they have forgotten what the question was.
Enter - the gypsy method of times tables.
Now this method won't solve all your times tables dramas, but it will give learners a sure fire way of working out some of those tricky tables between 6 x 6 and 10 x 10. It is a handy method (pun intended!) where the thumb is numbered as 6, through to the pinky finger which is numbered as 10 on each hand. The times table is worked out by touching the fingers together and making a bunch of tens, then multiplying the remaining fingers to work out the units (which by now are hopefully only a small, easy to remember times table left on the remaining fingers). The last step is to add together the bunches of ten with the units to find the answer. This method relies on reasonable fine motor control and a working memory which allows for at least 3-4 steps.