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#1 Dadto2

Posted 07 March 2019 - 12:35 PM

My daughter gets a little bit frustrated with Maths and Mathlectics. She knows her times table, but is a bit slow with some numbers and this adds to her frustration when doing Maths homework. So I've found it helps to get her to write out the times tables she is a bit slower with before starting each session (6, 7, 8 and 12). This helps her enormously especially when she's tired, but is it "cheating" or counter-productive? I'm not talking basic mental arithmetic like 6 x 5 = but questions where the hard part is figuring out what the  sum is e.g rounding up

765 x 530

So the hard part would be figuring out that it's 8 x 6. The answer is less important. If that makes sense? She'll do the hard part OK, but then get bogged down with the basic multiplication.

Edited by Dadto2, 07 March 2019 - 12:46 PM.

#2 seayork2002

Posted 07 March 2019 - 12:37 PM

I am no expert nor a teacher but I would rather my son look at it (he has a times table place mat and does his homework at the dinner table) that get frustrated and not do it at all.

I do remove it sometimes! but give it back to him a bit.

#3 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 07 March 2019 - 12:41 PM

How is it 'cheating'?  

I found tables to be a bit like spelling - rote learning so they didn't have to "think" about the answer decreased the frustration, and enabled them to concentrate on other parts of the problem.

We used to do it in the car, at breakfast and other 'down-times' - I would just throw random times-table questions at them in the middle of conversations.

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