1. Organize the facts into small systematic steps
2. Provide each student with a coy of a blank multiplication table and have them practice filling it in.
3. For doubles facts, teach students how to add doubles to their multiplication table. This is usually easy and fun for students (2x2, 4x4, etc.). Point out to students that all of the doubles facts are on a diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right.
4. The mirror facts: highlight the facts on one side of the doubles line and show the students how the items are mirrored on the opposite side (5x6 and 6x5 both will equal 30).
5. Counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's: Students should be able to skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's and fill in the spaces on a 100 chart.
6. Nine's Facts: Use your fingers to find the 9's
a. Place your hands on the desk. Your fingers will stand for 1 to 10
b. Fold over the finger that is the number you will multiply by 9.
c. Count the number of fingers before the folded finger. That number is the first digit in the product.
d. Count the number of fingers after the folded finger. That number is the last digit in the product.
What other strategies/tricks can you suggest?