# I have difficulty in the times table, can you help me?

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HNowadays pupils don’t usually know the times table due to the intensive use of the calculator. Having in mind that you know the 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables, which are the easiest ones for you to memorize, there is a little trick for you to learn the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables with the help of your fingers. I will show you some examples that will help you to understand what I have just said:

### 8 xx 7

• On your left hand you put 3 fingers down (because 8 - 5 = 3)     On your right hand, you put 2 fingers down (because 7 - 5 = 2);
• The total of fingers which are put down corresponds to tens. So, 5 xx 10 = 50;
• You multiply the fingers which are up and you will have 3 xx 2 = 6;
• And finally, you will sum up the two results and you will obtain 50 + 6 = 56.

### 9 xx 6

• On your left hand you put 4 fingers down (because 9 - 5 = 4)     On your right hand you put 1 finger down (because 6 - 5 = 1);
• The total of fingers which are down corresponds to tens and so 5 xx 10 = 50;
• You multiply the fingers which are up and so 1 xx 4 = 4;
• Finally, you sum up the two results and you will have 50 + 4 = 54.

### 8 xx 8

• On your left hand you put 3 fingers down (because 8 - 5 = 3)     On your right hand you put 3 fingers down (because 8 - 5 = 3);
• The total of fingers which are down corresponds to tens and so 6 xx 10 = 60;
• You multiply the fingers which are up and you will have 2 xx 2 = 4;
• Finally, you sum up these two results and you will obtain 60 + 4 = 64.

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