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  Chanting tables 'improves maths'
Updated 09 September 2004, 19.44
Kids in class
Children who can chant their times tables are better at doing sums, according to research.

Kids aged seven to 12 took part in two studies which involved working out problems from memory and counting.

Children who had learnt their tables by heart performed better than kids who relied on using their fingers and blocks to work out the answers.

Chanting times tables was quite common when your parents were at school, but it's not used that much these days.

One of the researchers said: "If I had my way, children would know their tables.

"But it is important children should understand what they are doing rather than just chanting."

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