There are many basic math facts all students should memorize. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are more helpful when they are automatic. Along with the four operations, there are a few other things math students should know and be able to recite without thought.

Before I give the list of things to memorize, here are some reasons to memorize basic math facts:

- When students start studying algebra, geometry, and other higher math subjects, all working memory needs to be used on the algebra or geometry. If the working memory is stuck figuring out 6 x 7 the student will have a hard time doing the higher math.
- Easily and immediately retrievable math facts give students confidence in their math skills. Math anxiety is decreased.
- A student’s time is used more efficiently used when math facts are immediately accessible. A student who has to compute basic facts while working on higher math skills will work more slowly and therefore have less time to work on other learning activities. There’s nothing wrong with working slowly. In fact, errors can be prevented by working slowly. But slow doesn’t have to be inefficient.

All these reasons and more apply to memorizing often used fraction, decimal, percent equivalents. Over the next few weeks, WEST math students will be working on memorizing the table of facts in this post. Quizzes will be given on 2/14 and 2/15. There will be prizes valued at somewhere between zero and a million dollars.

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