Mental Math Secrets: Learning the Tricks Behind the Math

Source: National Math + Science Initiative

Math is one of those subjects that many students struggle with – but it’s one of those subjects that you really can’t afford to ignore. Even if you aren’t struggling with it, you can always afford to be a little better at it. You may even have watched those individuals with amazing mental math abilities and wished you had that ability. Well, you don’t have to be a human calculator to be good at mental math if you have a few good tricks up your sleeve and, in this day and age of the Internet, you don’t even need to come up with all the tricks yourself. You just need to copy them from someone else. What better place to borrow ideas from than Youtube? There are so many videos on Youtube teaching mental math tricks that you could spend hours just watching them. These are just a few interesting ones that I found but they are by no means an exhaustive list of videos to follow…

Mental Math Secrets

Math with Scott Flansburg

If you’re going to learn how to be better at math, what better mentor to look towards than Scott Flansburg – the human calculator? In this series of videos, Scott Flansburg says we struggle with math because we were taught the ‘wrong’, more complex method. Math can be simple and even magical when learned it the right way…

If you liked that, you might be interested in Scott’s books:

Math Tricks

Glad2Teach also has some cool math tricks to help you work math problems out a little faster…

Vedic Math

Vedic Math is an ancient Indian method that sidesteps traditional computations in a manner that provides a shortcut while being fun to use and to learn. Learn more about it from Gaurav Tekriwal:

50 Vedic Math Tricks from Mind Math:

More about Vedic Math:


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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