A Quick Way to Remember the 13 times Table (updated)

Multiplication table

Many children already find it difficult enough to memorize the 6, 7, 8 and 9 multiplication tables. You can probably relate to how difficult it is for them to consistently remember the 13 times table. Especially when multiplied by the numbers four to thirteen.

There is, however, a quick and unique way to remember the 13 times table that works reliably and is significantly simpler than multiplying by 13.

A simple trick to memorize the 13 times table

The technique, as a matter of fact, is so ridiculously simple that you can’t help but wonder why no one taught you this trick when you were a child. Then again, I’m speaking for myself here, because nobody actually taught me how to memorize the 13 times table this way, either.

The trick involves writing down the times table for the number 3 as follows:

Multiplier Result (3 times table)

Are you with me so far? So what we have written down is basically

1 x 3 = 3
2 x 3 = 6
3 x 3 = 9
4 x 3 = 12

With that table done, you can easily derive the 13 times table. What you need to do is to combine both numbers you have written and you will get the 13 times table:

1 3 -> 13
2 6 -> 26
3 9 -> 39

So the multiplier becomes then tens and the 3 times table result becomes the unit.

For the next numbers, you simply need to add the 10s of the 3 times table result to the multiplier number:

So 4 12 becomes (4+1) 2 -> 5 2 -> 52. To check, 4 x 13 is indeed 52.

5 15 becomes (5+1) 5 -> 6 5 -> 65. And true enough, 5 x 13 is 65.

The 13 Times Table

Here is the complete table, including the “trick” to help memorize your 13 times table – and yes, it works all the way up to 13 x 13 and beyond:

MultiplierResult (3 times table)“Trick”13 Times Result
131 313
262 626
393 939
4124+1 252
5155+1 565
6186+1 878
7217+2 191
8248+2 4104
9279+2 7117
103010+3 0130
113311+3 3143
123612+3 6156
133913+3 9169

See how easy that is? This trick could have saved me a lot of time when I was at school, but that’s okay. At least I can now teach this to my kids and make their lives easier.

I think it makes a neat addition to all the other tips for memorizing times tables out there.

10 Responses to “A Quick Way to Remember the 13 times Table (updated)”

  • Karanvir Singh says:

    Very much helpful i couldn’t remember the tanle of this no. It helped me a lot

    • tatiana makari says:

      I completely disagree this is horrifically terrifying for my child and would be the most confusing thing in their life

  • It is very important to note that learners should not write anything down when using this method to learn their 13 to 20 times table. Try to get them to this in their heads to help develop mental Maths skills. Go through the example below with them and then get them to practice loads of questions from the 13 to 20 times table in their heads. Practice Practice Practice, this is KEY!!!

  • Mia says:

    This kind of helps but what about 11 and 12 times 13?

  • Advait Patnaik says:

    Thank you so much for this trick… It’s really hard to memorize the 13s table… AGAIN THANK YOU


    i love this so easy and fun to use thanks

  • peachyplum says:

    noooooooooooooooooo stop being a hater it is easy peachy plum

  • Indu Rawat says:

    It not helped me it’s very tricky better than this we should learn the table

  • Kayla verlaan says:

    That is not true Tatiana makari it is really useful!

  • thomas_admin says:

    You’re right Mia. I’ve rewritten this article to make it a little clearer and also added in the 11, 12 and 13 multipliers.

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