Mathematics and in particular the Times Tables is often stigmatised by students as being less interesting than other subjects, which raises its own set of challenges for parents and educators who are eager to retain interest and engagement.

3P Learning Managing Director Tim Power.

Times Tables Toons can help remedy the learning of particularly tricky times tables across all ages and it is Mathletics’ project to bring engagement and fun back to this activity, where Max the Cat and his Times Tables Band lead students through the numbers and songs.

We can all remember learning our times tables – even if we can’t remember the sums themselves. But which one do children find the hardest? And how do boys and girls compare? (courtesy of James Ball, The Guardian “Testing Times“)

Learning our times tables, the rote memorisation of basic multiplication that’s one of the bedrocks of getting to grips with maths, is something we’ve all at least tried to do.  But some new data generated by pupils at Caddington Village School in Bedford sheds light on which multiplications are actually the hardest – and how kids do overall…

Getting it right

• Students answered correctly on average 75% of the time – but that varied hugely for different times tables.
• The hardest multiplication was 6×8, which students got wrong 63% of the time (about two times out of three). This was closely followed by 8×6, then 11×12.
• The easiest multiplication, on the other hand, was 1×12, which students got wrong less than 5% of the time, followed by 1×6 and 9×1.
• The research also dug up some statistically significant different between boys and girls. In short, boys answer more quickly, but get more wrong when compared to girls.
• On average, boys got 32% of answers wrong, and took 4.2 seconds to answer each question.  Girls, by contrast, got substantially fewer wrong, at 22%, but took 4.6 seconds on average to answer.

How did you learn your times tables – and do how you remember them? Let us know!

(courtesy of James Ball, The Guardian “Testing Times“)