Math is one of the subjects that you need to master to graduate. 12 times table is one of the core topics that you will be taught in class. Being able to instantly recall the times table is essential in virtually all areas of math. The table is similar to phonics in English.
Without acing this table, it will not be easy for you to decode simple and complex calculation questions. As with most subjects and things in life, the key to learning is repetition. Take time to practice the times table as many times as possible through chanting individually and groupwork.
Before we look at the different approaches that you can use to master the 12 times table with ease, here is a trick that you can use to become a pro in this topic.
The Ultimate 12 Times Table Hack
This trick works like magic and it is very easy to remember. The first thing that you need to do is write down the number 1 to 14 while omitting 5 and 11.
Next, create a 12 times table and from the top start with 2.
Finally, complete the table by doing this;
1x 12= 12
2 x 12= 24
3 x 12= 36
4x 12= 48
5 x 12= 60
6 x 12= 72
7 x 12= 84
8 x 12= 96
9 x 12= 108
10 x 12= 120
11 x 12= 132
12x 12 =144
Simple right! Practice several times on your own to effortlessly master the 12 times table. Check this YouTube video for more about this trick.
Now let us proceed and look at 4 approaches that you can use alongside this trick to perform even better.
The Rule of Commutativity
The rule of commutativity is important when learning times tables as it shows you that you actually know more than you think you do. All the numbers you multiply and the numbers are connected to each other in one way or another.
Here are 3 facts that apply to this rule
- When writing a multiplication, the numbers can be written in any order. For example: 2 x 8 = 16, and you also know that 8 x 2 = 16
- Every multiplication question has a related division. For example, if 2 x 8 = 16 so 16 ÷ 2= 8
- Finally, if 16 ÷ 2 = 8, then 16 ÷ 2= 8
Oral activities refer to stories, raps, rhymes, and songs that are related to the times table. Remembering them will make it easy for you to instantly answer questions in math by just reciting the song or the rap. YouTube has a hip-hop and reggae version of the 12 times table. The famous “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is also a great option that you can use to become better in times tables.
Look for Patterns
The secret to mastering times table is by looking for patterns in the numbers. After numerous debates, tutors agree that the most ideal way to teach the times table is by starting with the number 2, 5, and 10. The patterns in these three numbers are easy to grasp especially for young children who are just getting acquainted to math.
In the 2 and 10 times table, all the numbers are even. When you multiply any number with an even number the answer will always be even. On the other hand, in the 10 times table, all numbers end with 0. When you look at the 5 times table, you will find that all numbers end with either a 0 or 5.
Once you have a good understand of the 2, 5, 10 times table, you will find it easy to work on the other numbers times table.
Another pattern to note is that in 3, 6, and 9 times tables, if you add the digits of each answer, you will get either 3, 6, 9 or the multiple of all the numbers. The 9 times table has another unique pattern- as you go up the table, the tens increase and the ones decrease.
Take Part in Games
The main goal when learning times tables is to be able to recall the answers instantly and to get them correct every time. Beat the clock games will greatly help to increase your fluency and speed. Strive to continuously increase the speed as you play the games.
Fizz Buzz is another great game that can boost your confidence as you learn the times table. To play this game, you will need to invite a few of your friends to take part. Sit down in a circle and take turns to count the numbers aloud starting with number 1. However, instead of saying the numbers, you either say ‘’fizz” or “buzz. Any number in the sequence that is a multiple of 3 is replaced with “fizz” while any number that is a multiple of 5 is represented with a “buzz”. Once you master this, make it more difficult and engaging by introducing another word “woof”.
The 12 times table is not difficult to remember, but you need to practice several times to get the hang of it. Be sure to direct questions to the teacher or fellow students if you encounter any challenges.
Group sessions are also great as they will give you a chance to not only solve math questions as a group but also give you a chance to interact with your classmates.
We wish you all the best.