Abacus Math Getting Started 3 – Multiplication Facts Tools and Flash Anzan

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Welcome to the third video of our how to get started training on rightlobemath.com. In the first video of this series we looked at how to get started on abacus training. In the second video we learned how to use the mental training module. If you haven’t seen the first two videos I highly recommend you go back and watch them before proceeding with this video.

In this video we’re going to look at the importance of the multiplication facts and the tools we provide on rightlobemath.com to learn them. Also we’ll look at the flash tool that allows students to practice and compete with other students. Our abacus and mental skill training programs help students master addition and subtraction. Once the six levels of skill training are complete, students begin 10 levels of advanced math training including multiplication, division, decimals, and negative numbers with larger and larger numbers as they advance through the levels.

To prepare for the challenges of multiplication and division, we encourage all of our students to memorize the 9 by 9 multiplication facts. Students will use the recall of the multiplication facts to perform advanced levels of both multiplication and division. We will teach students all the advanced techniques of multiplication and division in later videos. For now we want to show students how to use our math facts and tools modules to quickly learn all the 9 by 9 multiplication facts. Since we use a base 10 numbering system, there’s no need to learn facts beyond the 9 by 9.

If we haven’t convinced yet to become a rightlobemath.com subscriber for the incredible value of $29 per year, you can also register for free with access to the soroban skill training that may help you decide. We know if you give our math program a try in a short time you will see results. Our goal is to help all students master arithmetic. So let’s get started on how to learn our math facts on rightlobemath.com.

Okay now that we’ve logged back into rightlobemath.com and we’re on our main practice page. I’m going to go ahead and just jump right into the math facts module. Here you can see we have four different training programs. We have addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication facts, and division facts. Sometimes first or second graders might be concerned with their single digit addition and subtraction facts. They can work with those programs to learn those facts. Our main focus is going to be on the multiplication facts. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the multiplication facts.

And going to the training page here. We can see we have a roadmap at the top where there are 20 levels to learn our 9 by 9 multiplication facts. Typically we have students at each level learn two to three new facts. In this case we are learning 5×4, 5×5, and 5×6. Once a student is comfortable with these three new facts, they simply click the practice button.

Again we launch our practice UI. Just click Start. The student will recall the facts as quickly as they can and punch in the number as the facts are presented to them. The idea is to just recall the facts from memory and try to not use any other method. I’ll just go ahead and finish this up and then we’ll go ahead and take a look at the results page.

Here on the results page I can see that I’ve passed my training quiz and my penguin friend is very happy playing the ukulele. I would like to point out here in the response section, we can see the response time. I’d like to draw your attention to the response time understanding that our goal is to try to recall the facts in 1.5 seconds or less. The importance of this is that research has shown if a student can recall a fact within a second and a half or less they’re recalling directly from memory and not using any other method to recall that facts. Memory will be the fastest way for students to recall their facts.

We also have a division program. Students are basically presented the 9 by 9 facts in reverse. We are asking a division question instead of a multiplication question to recall facts. Using both the multiplication and division programs is a good way to speed up learning the math facts.

Once they’ve gone through those programs we have a couple of tools that are really helpful in building speed recalling the facts. We have a tool called the x100 where we present students with 100 math facts and the goal is to try to answer or recall all 100 facts within 3 minutes. Just click start and as usual you will recall that the math facts from memory and punch in the answer continuing through all 100 facts as fast as you can. Stop this for now and as usual you’ll be taken to your results page.

We also have a /100 tool that works exactly the same way. You’re recalling the facts in the reverse order as a division question instead of a multiplication question. Students have a powerful method for rapidly memorizing the 9 by 9 multiplication facts. Recall of these facts will be used in the higher-level abacus and mental calculation training. Will go into that more in later videos.

The other thing I wanted to show you is our flash tool. Our flash tool is a tool that users can practice and even compete with other students on the system. So if I just wanted to practice, I select a preset practice session and just click start. This preset will present me 5, 1-digit numbers in 10 seconds. Enter the answer and you can either do it again at that same setting or you can change your flash setting.

Students can also customize their settings how they want. Just type in the parameters you want and then click Start. Enter the answer and you can continue working with that setting or you can go ahead and change the setting. So once I’m done with my practice session, I click save to view all of my results on a results summary page. It shows me everything that I did in that practice session.

I’m going to go back to the flash tool to show you the competition section. Choose a preset of a competition and click start. In this case are you have to do five problems in a row. Enter the answer for each problem. Back to our practice page.

That’s about it for this video. We’ve covered how to use a our math facts module and also our tools module. We’re going to present some videos that will also help users who advanced on to our level training. Which I’ll just give you a quick preview of.

Here is the roadmap for Level Training once they finish all of their skill training. I can see at the top we have a 10 levels of advanced abacus training. It starts on the left from Level 10 and works all the way over to level one on the right which is the the highest level the Yokozuna level if you will. As you can see you’re training in addition subtraction problems multiplication and division. As usual each level will have a training video to go over the techniques for that level.

So that’s it.

Hopefully you’re enjoying our program and having great success. See you next time.