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    I always counted. Like dad would tell me "count by 7s" and I'd say 7, 14, 21, 28, 35 and etc.


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    I found GOF's method worked best for me too. And it helps to point out the pattern in the 9X table. The ascending and decending #'s
    9/18/27/36/45/54/63/72/81.
    Maybe if you get the easiest ones out of the way first, it will build confidence to do the harder ones.
    Ultimately, memorization is a good way to retain the information. But maybe work slowly, like memorizing just part of a group instead of all 12.
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    I found that a cash incentive was quite motivating.
    nesha ;-)


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    The thing that worked best for mine was to master one number at a time. 0 and 1 were gimmes. Then, we mastered 2, 3, 5, 10, 11. Then, we did 9 because of the tricks. 4, 6, 7, 8 and 12 sucked and there really is no shortcut on those. We did it over and over and over and over and over and over.

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    I made one of these by hand and tacked it to the living room wall where she does her homework.

    I thought it was important to do it by hand as the anomalies in my handwriting would stick (even unknowingly) in her mind when she was searching her memory for an answer.

    At any rate, it did help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealCranky View Post
    I found that a cash incentive was quite motivating.
    I offered to buy him full version minecraft last April and if that's not incentive enough I don't know what will be. lol

    He keeps telling me "it's haaaaaaard". I ask him how it is that he can manage to memorize the names and stats of all the Pokemon characters, but not his times tables.

    And kimm, thanks for reminding me about Yahtzee!

    (Is there some irony in my wondering how he can't memorize his times tables and then forgetting about a plan I made just last night?)

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    Memorization and then drill, baby, drill.




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    No, offer him a reward for each set - when he can recite his 5's he gets $2 or whatever will motivate him. My kids were pretty mercenary.
    Short range rewards are more effective than something off in the distance.


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    I still don't know 7X8 or 8X9
    or the 12's by heart

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    We also did this; when the kids were really young, I sat them on my lap and we watched all of these. Here's 8s and 12s, Sprock:


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