So you think you can’t do mental arithmetic?
I understand how you feel. I have a M.Sc. in theoretical Physics but for a long time found that I could not do mental maths either.
That was until one day when I discovered the secret that made it possible for me to do any type of mental arithmetic.
And it is a secret that not only opened the door for me, but it will open the door for you too.
Speaking of not being able to do mental maths, did you know that you are not alone with this problem?
As an ex-high school maths teacher, I found that a lot of my students struggled with mental arithmetic.
So you really are not alone with this problem. But help is at hand…
Tell me, are you tired of needing a calculator, or pen and paper to do the most basic additions or subtractions?
There is a way of doing it all in your head without the need for a calculator, or pen and paper.
Would you like to find out how?
So, what is my secret? It is this …
Bite size know how.
You are probably wondering what ‘bit size know how’ means.
It means that there are 2 parts to this secret, which I will now explain:
1. Know how: this means that you need to know how to do it. One major problem people have with mental arithmetic is that they don’t know how to do it.
2. Bite size: this means that you need to know how to do it in bite size steps you can cope with. And because we are all different, what is a bite size for me may not be a bit size for you.
Warning: do not underestimate the 2-part secret above! It is the secret that will unlock your ability to master mental maths and astound your friends and your work colleagues.
As an example, let me explain how to add 2 numbers together.
The way to do it is to add the corresponding numbers from left to right.
Let’s say we want to add 132 + 214?
Add the hundreds first to get: 1 + 2 = 3
Then add the tens: 3 + 1 = 4
And add the one’s to get: 2 + 4 = 6
Now, join the numbers together to get: 346
How easy is that?
Think you can now add 2 numbers together in your head?
Try it: 23 + 12, 312 + 481, 1324 + 8635.
Another example… let me explain how to divide a number by 6.
Remember that we need to do it in bite size steps!
So, divide the number first by 2 (which is often easy to do) and then divide the answer by 3.
Let’s say we want to divide 84 by 6.
First divide 84 by 2 to get 42.
Next divide 42 by 3 to get 14.
And so, 84 divided by 6 is 14.
How easy is that? Think you can do it in your head?
Try now dividing the following numbers by 6 in your head: 72, 96 and 126.
Another way of looking at the 2-step secret is…
You can’t do mental maths because you don’t know how to do it in simple steps you can manage!
Do not underestimate the power of ‘bite size know how’.
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