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At the age of 8 I had to learn the multiplying tables. I've never been good at memorizing lists or tables. It was easy to learn the tables from 1 to 5 but from 6 to 9 it seemed to be way more complicated... A year later I heard this trick on the radio and it saved my life. Since then I've taught it to many other kids. I passed such a bad time at school as I was the only one in my class who didn't know the tables so I hope this trick was useful for any parent or teacher who knew any child in this situation

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Step 1: Ascribe values

- First put your hands in front of you as shown in the drawing
- In each hand, ascribe a value from 6 to 10 to each finger

Step 2: How to multiply

Step 1

Choose the numbers to multiply. Example: 7x8

Step 2

Put together the fingers whoses values you want to multiply.

Step 3

Now count the touching fingers and the ones below them. The number you get will be the tens. Example: 5

Step 4


Now multiply the fingers above the ones touching of the left hand and the ones in the right hand. The number you get will be the units. Example: 3x2=6

Answer: 56




**In some cases you will get a number of units bigger than nine, in that case sum both quantities**

Example: 7x6

- Touching fingers + the ones below  ->  3

- Fingers above the ones touching in left hand  ->  3
                                                                                                               3 x 4 = 12
- Fingers above the ones touching in the right hand  ->  4


                                                                                3        (tens)
Now we've got 3 tens and 12 units  ->                  + 12      (units)
                                                                             ---------
                                                                                  42     (final result)


Step 3: Another trick for the table of 9

Here's an extra trick for the whole table of nine.

- First put your hands in front of you
- Then ascribe values from 1 to 10 to your fingers
- Fold the finger whose value you want to multiply nine times
- The fingers remaining unfolded in the left will be the tens
- The fingers remaining unfolded in the right will be the units


Example:  9 x 4

- Fold the fourth finger
- Fingers remaining unfold in the left  -3  (tens)
- Fingers remaining unfold in the right  ->  6 (units)
- Final result  ->  36


<p>Please Help. D: </p><p>don't understand. none of the comments help. :(</p>
<p>I don't get It.</p>
<p>wow sooo good. I am able to do it. Thanks</p>
<p>This is so cool! My students showed me the 9 finger trick. I will show them the 6, 7 and 8 trick. I think it will help some of them to do math faster. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>i got confuse a lot................ a lot.............</p>
<p>i know the another trick for table 9 but i did not get the first method</p>
<p>I don't get it </p>
<p>confused about the tens and units?</p>
<p>so cool i get it , if they had used this method in school they would have alot more kids loving math</p>
<p>OMG </p><p>This is SOOOO CONFUSING! I NEED TO KEEP PRACTICING UNTIL I GET IT ?</p>
<p>I'm an adult never learned my tables till now!</p><p>thanks</p>
Great job! So much help
<p>Hi All &ndash; My husband and I recently created a fun Multiplication Card Game called Math Grab designed to help kids memorize their multiplication times tables in a fun family setting! We have been getting excellent feedback from teachers, parents, and students. I wanted to share this with you!</p><p>Thanks</p><p>Natalie<br>http://www.MathGrab.com</p>
Thanks Natalie for sharing we just ordered your card game and looking forward to using it with our little man.
<p>absalutly saved me!</p><p>my mom is testing me (i'm not home schooled)</p><p>and eight was my problome!</p><p>thank you sooooo much :)</p>
<p>just great !!!</p>
<p>just great!!!</p>
<p>Thaaaaaaaaankyou!!!!!</p>
<p>There is a better method to memorize. Try Math Skill Builder, it free and it worked great for my kids. http://mathskillbuilder.org/<br>Also there is Android App &quot;Math Skill Builder&quot;</p>
<p>I didn't get it D: </p>
Nevermind, i got it, i wasn't doing it the right way
Nevermind, i got it, i wasn't doing it the right way
I couln't do 9x6, how you do that one?
<p>It is simply excellent. Thanks on behalf of my kids.</p>
<p>how do you multiply 8x8 with this??</p>
<p>I finally got it! Multiplying 8 x 8 is really easy because the answer ends up being right in front of you without multiplying. But, I'll explain it Misko's way so there's no confusion if you change the numbers (fingers). </p><p> Using the numbering chart Misko showed us, the number 8 is the middle finger. Touch both middle fingers together. </p><p>Now focus on the touching fingers AND the ones below them. That's 2 middle fingers (touching), 2 ring fingers and 2 pinkies. That's <strong>6</strong> fingers. The ones touching and below are the 10's, so that works out to (6 x 10 = 60)</p><p>Now focus on the fingers above the touching fingers. That's 2 pointer fingers and 2 thumbs. 2 fingers on the left times 2 fingers on the right gives you <strong>4</strong>. The fingers above the touching fingers are the 1's, or single digits. Multiply the number of fingers on the left hand with the number of fingers on the right, (2 x 2=4)</p><p>60 from the lower fingers plus 4 from the upper fingers.</p><p>Answer <strong>64</strong>.</p><p>Let's try another one, say 7 x 7. Your ring finger is the number 7.</p><p>Touch both ring fingers together. </p><p>Now focus on the touching fingers <strong>AND</strong> the ones below them. That's 2 ring fingers (touching) and 2 pinkies. That's <strong>4 </strong> fingers. The ones touching <strong>AND</strong> below are the 10's, so that works out to (4 x 10 = 40)</p><p>Now focus on the fingers above the touching fingers. That's 2 middle fingers, 2 pointer fingers and 2 thumbs. 3 fingers on the left, times 3 fingers on the right, gives you <strong>9</strong>. The fingers above the touching fingers are the 1's, or single digits. Multiply the number of fingers on the left hand with the number of fingers on the right, (3 x 3=9)</p><p><strong>40</strong> from the lower fingers plus <strong>9</strong> from the upper fingers.</p><p>Answer <strong>49</strong>.</p>
UGH! Still trying to understand... Other examples please? I know my multiplication but my son struggles memorizing the totals even if he gets the point of multiplication. If he says 6 x 6 - he would actually have to group dots into 6 of 6.... then count it all.mm
<p>6 x 6 =( 2 x 10) + (4 x 4) = 20 + 16 = 36. </p><p>The steps are:</p><p>Add the fingers touching and those below. Only 2 fingers touching, none below gives 2 x 10 = 20. There are 4 fingers above those touching on each hand so that is 4 x 4 = 16. Then you these two products to get final answer of 36...</p><p>Another example</p><p>8 x 9 = 10 x (3 + 4) + (2 x 1) = = 70 + 2 = 72</p><p>Hope this helps</p>
<p>THANK YOU! NOW I got it! I grew up thinking math was hard so I guess I'm still trying to make it hard. haha</p>
<p>my 7 year old loves this idea. she caught on to it very quickly. i'm not sure why some people are struggling with it but we like it. thanks for sharing</p>
<p>Cause some of us are old and stubborn! LOL It's so simple and yet I still have a problem with one of them. hahaha I can't wait to show this to the grandkids!</p>
I can't get 9x7... M I doing it wrong...?
No its correct..follow the method..below you get 60 and up you get 3...hence 63
<p>6X7 does not work.</p>
Yes it does.<br>put 6 and 7 together<br>you have 3<br>up top, you have 3 &amp; 4<br>mulitply 3*4 (12)<br>now since 3 is in the tens place<br>you will see it as 30.<br>add 12 to that.<br>42<br>works every time!
<p>Correct!!</p>
Great!!
<p>this is great thanks</p>
Wow, thanks for this because my Maths test is near.
<p>i took a while to understand, but now i learned the whole 9 multiplication table</p>
<p>i have a maths club and now you made it easy</p>
<p>Made it, at age of 30. Lol</p>
<p>The refinement I would make to tie-in to place value, is when looking at the lower fingers, don't say &quot;5&quot;, say &quot;50&quot; ... that might also help when it comes to the 6x7 when it is 30 + 12</p>
<p>I love it it has helped me sooooooo much!!!!!</p>

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