# Multiplication Times Tables Tips and Tricks

For a lot of us math tests are right up there with chillin' with Grandma's lawn bowling team or battling back-acne on the **anxiety-o-meter**. Chill out. Kidzworld has the **tips and tricks** you need to master your **multiplication tables**. Sure, you're going to need to memorize some of them, but these tips will keep the number of those to a minimum. Check it out!

## Zero and One Times Tables :: Could This Get Any Easier?

Check this out: if you multiply **ANYTHING** by zero, the answer is zero. Anything. 4 x 0 = 0 and 1,000,000 x 0 = 0. One times tables are almost as easy. Any number multiplied by one is always itself. "Huh," you say? Well, check it out: 1 x 10 = 10, 1 x 42 = 42, 8,726 x 1 = 8,726. Simple, right?

## Two Times Tables :: Double Your Pleasure

When you multiply a number by two, you just double that number. That's some **pretty simple** math, even for the most **numerically challenged** of us. So, if you want to figure out what 2 x 7 is, you just add 7 + 7 (the answer is 14, by the way). Any number times two is the same as that number **PLUS** itself. Here's one more example: 2 x 5 is the same as 5 + 5, which equals 10. Practice a couple -- it's really easy.

## Four Times Tables :: Double, Double Trouble

OK, so now that you have the twos figured out, it's time to **get doubling** again. This is not as confusing as it may sound. When you multiply four with anything, you have to use the **doubling-up trick** (that's the one you used for the two times table) twice. Here's an example: 4 x 7 is the same as 7 + 7 = 14 and then 14 + 14 = 28. So 4 x 7 = 28. Here's another **double, double** example: 4 x 10 is the same as 10 + 10 = 20, so then 20 + 20 = 40. So the answer is 4 x 10 = 40.

## Five Times Tables :: It's Why You Have Fingers

First things first - can you **count to five?** Yeah? Then you can figure out your five times tables. So, when you want to multiply a number by five you just count up **by fives** that may times. Let's review how to count by fives: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25... and so on. Got it? So if you want to multiply 5 x 7, you just count by fives, seven times. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, **35**. So 7 x 5 = 35. If you have trouble keeping track, just use your fingers.

## Nine Times Tables - One Seriously Handy Tip

Here is a fun (OK, "fun" is a relative term) way to remember your nine times tables. For this method you are going to need to have **two hands**. Put your hands in front of you with your palms towards you. Your fingers represent the numbers **one to ten** (one is your left thumb; ten is your right thumb). Now you're ready to do your **nine times tables**. Let's say the question is **9 x 4**. Count to the **fourth finger** (if you've counted right, it will be the ring finger on your left hand) and curl that finger under. Now you have three fingers up before that finger and 6 up after it. So **the answer is 36**. Let's try **9 x 8**. Put down the 8th finger (middle finger on the right hand) so that you have seven fingers up before the finger you curled under, and two fingers afterward. So **the answer is 72**. If you're confused, check out the diagram at the top of this page on the right. It'll clear things up.

## Ten Times Tables :: Just Add Zero and Stir

Here's another no-brainer. If you want to multiply something by 10, just **add a zero** on the end. Here's an example: 10 x 8 = 80 or 10 x 100 = 1,000. Try it with **any number** - from one to a billion. It's just too easy.

## Eleven Times Tables :: Seeing Double

Here's another one that's as easy as pie. Any number - up to nine - multiplied by 11 is itself written out twice. **Confused**? Just check it out: 9 x 11 = 99, 4 x 11 = 44, 3 x 11 = 33 and so on.

## * Hint *

Times tables **work both ways** (5 x 10 is the same as 10 x 5) so if you have the question 3 x 11, don't stress that there isn't a trick for the three times tables -- **use the trick** for 11 instead!

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