Times Tables
Learning the times tables is one of the most beneficial skills in maths. A secure knowledge of the times tables is essential in virtually every calculation that they will come up against, especially for the 11 plus.
Schools don't seem to place as much emphasis on learning these as they did in the past (when I was at school). I learnt them off by heart and without realising it I use them all the time. Your child needs to know all the times table facts up to 10 x 10 and be able to recall them instantly. (up to 12 x 12 used to be important when we had pounds, shillings and pence)
I get my students to memorise them by saying out loud  "1 2's are 2, 2 2's are 4, 3 2's are 6" etc. I know it's a chore but if repeated often enough it sticks and then when they see a calculation  say 8 x 7  the answer just pops out  "8 7's are 56".
For the 11 Plus test, this skill gives your child more time to spend on answering the question and not wasting time trying to work out the individual parts of a simple calculation.
