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Times Tables Practice
Times are tough, but not impossible!
Click here to go straight to lowfrills,
lowstress practice.
Memorizing over a hundred facts of any kind is a formidable
task for most humans. The first strategy to make the task
easier is to break it down into smaller parts.
Studying 3 facts until they are mastered, then studying
3 more, then putting all six together, is a much more effective
strategy than looking at 10 facts and going over them again
and again.
In fact, looking at something again and again is not a particularly
effective way of learning anything. Recalling the facts without
looking at them, retrieving the information from one's
own mind, relating it to other things you already know 
what we call "processing" the information  is
far more effective.
The second general principle of committing a large quantity
of information is that it is easier to remember what we understand
and can associate with things that we already know. The sequence
of quizzes here are based on the sequence in Dr. Chinn's book,
Tools for the
Times tables, now available in the U.S. (The sequence
is the same, but Dr. Chinn's book and the workbook focus on
concept development and visualkinesthetic activities
, rather than rote practice writing the answers!). More information
and sample chapters can be found by clicking here.
These quizzes do not deal with two other important processess
in learning mathematics:
 making the conceptual transition from concrete to abstract,
and
 "talking through" that process so that math
is understood and can be expressed verbally.
For people who have more trouble with symbols  people with
dyslexia or other specific language learning difficulties
 these processes can't be counted on to happen 'naturally.'
The article Mathematics and Dyslexia from the International
Dyslexia Association describes stages of understanding 
concrete (using manipulatives and real objects), pictorial
(using p,m ictures of real objects), and symbolic/abstract
(numbers and operation symbols, and understanding what 'subtraction'
and 'multiplication' are). While it is extremely tempting
to take a 'short cut' around language, as long as a student
can get the right answers, this often means a student does
not truly internalize the understanding and cannot generalize
what seems to have been mastered. Conversely, if a student
is naturally verbal but is challenged with concepts involving
space and distance, it would be wise to include more concrete
manipulation to ensure that this aspect of the concept is
fully understood and internalized. Again, Tools for the Times Tables and the
accompanying workbook have many strategies for tackling these
challenges.
Enough Theory Already!
On To The Facts!!!
The "test" terminology is intentional. Nobody but
you needs to know how you do on these; maybe that nasty four
letter word on the top of a page will get a little less scary
if you've seen it in friendlier surroundings. Also, there
will be annoying details involved in figuring out how to make
this thing work on the computer  so you should have the
easiest quizzes while you're learning how to do it.
Fill In The Chart
One way to practice the times tables is to fill in the times
tables chart with missing numbers, starting with the easy
tables and getting harder. Here's your chance to do that!
 The Chart  with
all the numbers filled in
 Zeroes
 Zeroes and ones
 Zeroes, ones and tens
 Zeroes, ones, tens and twos
 Zeros, ones, tens, twos and
fives
 Zeroes, ones, tens, twos,
fives and fours
 Zeroes, ones, tens, twos,
fives, fours, and nines
 Zeroes, ones, tens, twos,
fives, fours, nines and threes
 Zeroes, ones, tens, twos,
fives, fours, nines, threes and sixes
 Zeroes, ones, tens, twos,
fives, fours, nines, threes, sixes and sevens
 EVERYTHING.
 STAGE ONE
 Level One Quiz: The Zero
Times Tables.
 Level Two Quiz: The Ones
Times Tables.
 Level Three Quiz:
Ones and Zeroes together.
 Level Four Quiz: Tens
Times Tables.
 Level Five Quiz: Ones
and Zeroes and Tens.
 Stage One Test: Ones
and Zeroes and Tens.
 STAGE TWO
 Level One Practice: Twos
in order
 Level One Quiz: Twos
 Level Two Quiz: Twos
and Stage One
 Level Three Quiz: Fives
 Level Four Quiz: Fives
and Twos and Stage One
 Level Five Practice: Fours
in order
 Level Five Quiz: Fours
 Level Six Quiz: Fours,
Fives, Twos and Stage One
 Stage Two Test: 0,1,2,4,5
& 10s
 STAGE THREE
 Level One Practice: Nines in order
(first half)
 Level One Quiz: Nines (first
half)
 Level TwoPractice: Nines
(second half)
 Level Two Quiz: Nines (second
half)
 Level Three Practice: Nines
(all of them) in order
 Level Three Practice: Nines
(all of them)
 Level Three Quiz: Nines
and Stages One and Two
 Level Four Quiz: Threes (first half)
in order
 Level Four Quiz: Threes (first
half  scrambled)
 Level Five Quiz: Threes (second
half) in order
 Level Five Quiz: Threes (second
half) scrambled
 Level Six Quiz: Threes (all
of them)
 Stage Three Test: 0,1,2,3,4,5,9
& 10s
 Stage Four
 Level One Practice: Sixes
(first half) in order
 Level One Quiz: Sixes (first
half) scrambled
 Level Two Practice: Sixes
(second half) in order
 Level Two Quiz: Sixes (second
half) scrambled
 Level Three Quiz: all the sixes
 Stage Four Test: Sixes and
Stages One, Two, Three and Four
 Stage Five
 Level One Practice: Sevens
(first half  in order)
 Level One Quiz: Sevens (first
half  scrambled)
 Level Two Practice: Sevens (second
half  in order)
 Level Two Quiz: Sevens (second
half  scrambled)
 Level Three Quiz: all the
sevens
 Stage Five Test: Sevens
and the rest of them
 Stage Six
 Level One Practice: Eights (first
half  in order)
 Level One Quiz: Eights (first
half  scrambled)
 Level Two Practice: Eights (second
half  in order)
 Level Two Quiz: Eights (second
half  scrambled)
 Level Three Quiz: all the
eights
 MASTERY TEST
