Why is multiplication practice so important?

By: TableFables

Multiplication practice starts when we are kids but it follows us all the way into adulthood. When we are at school, we are doing hypothetical multiplication without any real life examples to refer to, but as we grow up, multiplication becomes a big part of our interaction with numbers in real life, namely through MONEY.

What we earn must be divided by our survival costs in order for us to work out what we have left to spend, we may need to work out which percentage of our earnings we'd like to save aside each month, we will look for new jobs and ask for pay rises in order to increase our income, we will compare our salaries to other people's and multiply how much bigger theirs is than our own. All of this is unimaginable for a 10 year old to comprehend, but it is at this age we need to be honing in our maths skills, in order to prepare us for the future.

There have been numerous studies linking maths grades at school to how big (or small) our salaries are in the future, particularly for females. In a report carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and funded by the Department for Education, their findings indicated that a child who scores in the top 15% of their peers in maths will go on to earn a 7.3% higher salary by the age of 30.

The maths skills of a child aged 10 are a determinant of how much that child will go on to earn in the future, so it is really vital we make maths skills a priority for our children while they are still at school. Individuals who fail at multiplication and time tables in school, may take on the belief into adulthood that they are bad at maths and consign themselves to lower earning careers as a result.

Many children first face maths related anxiety and feelings of inadequacy when learning their times tables. Multiplication practice can be confusing and difficult for children to make sense of or feel confident in and it can take its toll on their self esteem.

We were faced with these anxieties and low self esteem surrounding maths issues ourselves. Which is why we invented Table Fables.

The human brain is able to process visual information 60,000 times faster than text or numbers, making it a highly effective way to memorise times tables and practise multiplication and problem solving in maths.

At Table Fables, we use humorous animations and captivating storytelling to make multiplication practice and times tables FUN, and ensure our children are reaching their full potential and getting the results they need to be confident and resilient adults in the future.

SOURCE: https://www.ifs.org.uk/pr/cayt_pr_0313.pdf

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