In just FIVE minutes you should learn to quickly multiply up to 20 x 20 in your head. With this trick, you will be able to multiply any two numbers from 11 to 19 in your head quickly, without the use of a calculator.
I will assume that you know your multiplication table reasonably well up to 10x10.
- Take 15 x 13 for an example.
- Always place the larger number of the two on top in your mind.
- Then draw the shape of Africa mentally so it covers the 15 and the 3 from the 13 below. Those covered numbers are all you need.
- First add 15 + 3 = 18
- Add a zero behind it (multiply by 10) to get 180.
- Multiply the covered lower 3 x the single digit above it the "5" (3x5= 15)
- Add 180 + 15 = 195.
That is It! Wasn't that easy? Practice it on paper first!