Build on what you know

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

How to use the 5x table to help you with answers to the 6x table

It makes sense to use what you already know to help you with the answers to new problems. Admittedly, it is not as fast as learning your times tables off by heart, but there is nothing wrong with being a Steady Eddy.

Some times tables are easier to learn than others. The 5x table is learned relatively early, but the 6x table is left until a little later. You can use your 5x table to give you the answer to something in the 6x table like this:

Lets say you are asked to calculate 6 x 8

You know that 5 x 8 = 40

Well, the answer to 6 x 8 is going to be in the same ball park.

If 5 lots of 8 are 40,

then 6 lots of 8 are going to be 8 more than 5 lots of 8 (being 40)

8 + 40 = 48

Try it with this one:

If you know that 5 x 9 = 45,

then 5 lots of 9 are 45,

and 6 lots of 9 are going to be 9 more than 5 lots of 9 (being 45)

9 + 45 = 54

You can find lots more ideas, as well as free downloadable worksheets to help you with your 5x table (and more) at