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Sorry, couldn't resist posting that any longer.
]]>So now you only have to memorize the twins, really called squares, and
the numbers that are right beside each other, also called consecutive numbers.
Memorize the twin's first:
3 x 3 is 9
4 x 4 is 16
5 x 5 is 25
6 x 6 is 36
7 x 7 is 49
8 x 8 is 64
9 x 9 is 81
Memorize the ODD's times the EVEN'S below:
odd's 

3  12 18 24


5  20 30 40


7  28 42 56


9  36 54 72
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After that you can figure out the rest
with the LessThanATwin way.
Say you need to know 3 times 9.
It is 27, but you don't know that,
so you check that 3 and 9 are both
odd, and they are, so find the number
that is right between 3 and 9.
It is 6. Now 3 and 9 are three away
from the middle number 6. So we
have to subtract three three times
from the middle number times the middle
number. So 6 times 6 is 36 because
you have to memorize the twins.
And 3 times 9 is this 36 minus 3 minus
3 minus 3. I subtracted 3 three times
because 3 and 9 are three away from
the middle.
Here is an easier one.
Say you want to know what 4 times 8 is.
Both numbers are even, so we can
figure it out. The middle number is 6
again. And 4 and 8 are two away from
6. So now we subtract 2 from 6 x 6 two
times. So 36 minus 2 minus 2 is 32, and
that is 4 times 8. 4 x 8 = 32.
Here is the easiest one.
Say you want to know 7 x 9. They are
both odd and the middle number is 8.
7 and 9 are one away from 8, so subtract
one one time from 8 times 8.
So 8 x 8 you have to memorize because it
is a twin. So 8 x 8 minus one is 63.
So 7 x 9 is 63.
darthradius, I learned and was comfortable using the system in about an hour. I could use it without any extraneous thought for any number within about a week. I was actually introduced to the system in one of Harry Lorayne's books. It, "Super Power Memory", sparked a growing interest that has continued to this day in the area of memory techniques. I have since then, read about 30 books on memory techniques, and at this point I have a firm grasp on just what causes most people to remember things, or forget them for that matter.
Oh, and you don't really remember words, I don't and I feel that I truly understand most of the techniques out there. They are really based on the images and not the words associated with them. As the experts agree on this point, it is the conceptual images in our minds that we use to define words to ourselves, not the other way around. If I had to memorize a long list of words, it would be nearly impossible, but stringing together a very long sequence of images is easy to recall.
The basic link and peg systems out there are only the beginning for someone who truly wants to tweak their mind. After you learn a handful of the common systems out there, you find yourself creating new systems unique to your special gifts. After you master your own systems than you can move even farther toward extreme learning. This area is best covered by individuals like Tony Buzan who pioneered "mindmapping" which takes the near infinite power of the basic systems to ridiculously higher levels.
I believe that anyone who puts forth an even slight effort into learning any of the systems out there will amaze themselves with the nearly infinite memory that they already have but don't know how to use.
I guess it's a little obvious that I am a passionate supporter of memory techniques, because I know how amazing the results can be. As for these systems not being universal being used as an excuse for their noninclusion within the educational establishment. What exactly are you told is the best way to study and retain information in school? I have seen how a lot of people study, and to be honest, it is truly pathetic. Putting forth a thousand times the effort necessary and retaining only a small fraction of what they "learned". It's sad. I will state again(?) for the record, a subject devoted to mind enhancing techniques would be far more beneficial to students than many of the other areas covered.
I think that if we taught kids this in kindergarten, rather than having them eat glue and paint, a much higher percentage of the population would grow up to be what we like to call a "genius".
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odd's 

3  12 18 24


5  20 30 40


7  28 42 56


9  36 54 72
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4 6 8
e v e n 's
]]>The ^ sign means to multiply by same number.
So for 2 x 9, it is too hard to use this method because 2 and 9 are not both even numbers.
Also 2 and 9 are not both odd numbers.
2 and 9 are one of each, so memorize those ones.
3 x 6 is double 3 x 3 or 9 x 2 is 18.
Good Luck!
So, one option is learning in singsong!
Yes, that it how I learnt most of them! I had a times tables CD by Don Spencer.
[real catchy tune]
One times seven is seven!
Two times seven is fourteen!
...
Twelve times seven is eighty four!
[funky theme]
C'mon, let's do more!
[groovy drum fill]
One times seven is seven...
]]>And Irspow, that website was very interesting...how long did it take you to become comfortable with that system?
We may not teach it in schools because it is not really a universal way that people learn things (that's not to say that any one universal way even exists)...For example, it is easier for me to just memorize a phone number than it would be for me to memorize a sequence of words that represent the number in my mind...
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