This guide follows a similar format and is for learners of all ages who:
- have tried (without success) rote learning methods based on repetition of whole multiplication facts
- enjoy active learning through discovery and experience
- have gaps in their times tables knowledge
- need fast and foolproof strategies to recall times tables in formal assessments, particularly timed ones
- may have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADD/ADHD
The book works by:
- helping over-learn secure reference points in the times tables, from which more tricky facts can be worked out.
- validating alternative methods for learning times tables. Rote learning does not work for everyone. Using fingers is not a sign of cheating. For those who are self-conscious, the book’s preferred (but not exclusive) way of using fingers is gentle tapping on the table (instead of raising hands) to avoid attracting attention to oneself.
- offering multisensory instruction methods that help counteract the effects of weak sequential working memory
and poor long-term memory for number facts.
Written by Lidia Stanton