Explanation of the System

The Times Tables Tutor Online System - A More Detailed Explanation

To explain the system we have provided both visual and written content.

For a dynamic explanation of The System please watch the video first, this will make it much easier to understand when you are reading about the system. Why not have a look the video now.

Explanation of the System Video

If you like you can also go through the following explanation.

The basic point is that by using the Instant Recall Method for learning Times Tables there is a lot less to learn and remember for your children than you might have thought. Plus there is no more boring rote learning.

To make it all easy to understand the Video and the following explanation leaves out the 11 and 12 times tables. As you will see later there are good reasons for dealing with these separately.

Explanation of the System

First, let's look at the multiplication chart below.


 The above the multiplication chart for the times tables up to 10.

Traditionally, they are learned in a linear way.

1 x 3 = 3

2 x 3 = 6

3 x 3 = 9

4 x 3 = 12

5 x .........

So there are 10 x 10 tables = 100 tables to learned up to the 10 times table.

Let's start with the 1 x tables.

This is easy. We all know them and so don't have to learn them. We can take them out of our chart.

Here is the chart without the 1 x tables.


 This leaves you with 81 tables to learn and not the 100 you started with.

Now let's look at the 10 x tables.

This is almost as easy as the 1 x tables. Add a zero to the 1x table and it becomes the 10 x tables.

If you know the 1 x tables, then you know your 10 x tables.

This is very easy to learn and as you will see we provide a test just to make sure that it has been leant for instant recall.

The 10 x tables can now be taken out of our chart, and this leaves only 64 tables that need to be learned out of the 100 that you started with. Just the ones in the white box. Its getting really easy now!


 The next part is really important.

With the 100% Instant Recall Method we learn the tables both ways at the same time.

Here is an example.

If you look at 3 x 4 = 12 then this is the 4 x tables.....

and 4 x 3 = 12  is of course the 3 x tables.

So we are going to learn both the 3x and the 4x tables at the same time as follows:

3 x 4 = 12  &  4 x 3 = 12

Traditionally children learn these tables separately, however, in our system these tables are learned together.

Here is another example.

6 x 7 = 42 is the 7 x tables ....

and 7 x 6 = 42 is the 6 x tables.

These are learned at the same time as follows using the 100% Instant Recall method:

6 x 7 = 42  &  7 x 6 = 42

In this case  we are going to learn the 6x and 7x tables at the same time.

Each time you have a times table that can be swapped around to form another times table with the same answer you will learn them both at the same time.

You saw above that of the 100 tables to learn you only had to learn 64 of them when we took out the 1x and 10x tables.

Because you learn the other tables at the same time this means that you really only have to learn half of 64 tables.

Half of 64 is 32.

Isn't this great. To learn 100 tables all you really have to learn is 32 of them because your children learn two tables with the same answer at the same time.

Here is another way of looking at it summarised by the chart below and the video you saw earlier.

If you start the system at the beginning, there are 8 tables to learn for the 2 x tables, as you don't have to learn the 1x or the 10x tables.

There is one less table to learn each time for each table until you reach the 9 x tables where there is only one table to learn, this being 9 x 9. This is because all the other tables have already been learnt in the previous tables.


As the numbers for each table get larger you would think they would be more difficult to learn, whereas it actually becomes easier. This is a great benefit of learning the tables this way.

What tables should you start with?

If  your child has brought home from school the 6 x tables to learn, start at this point and continue learning them from there.

The beauty of The System is that you can start learning from any table . The full set of tables are provided for each set for revision.

However, it is important that at some stage, you go back to the start and learn the earlier tables using the system so that your child has instant recall for all the tables.