Throughout the the world schools have been closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This closure will likely be for a long time and yet we still need to continue with our learning from our homes.

I suggest that you take this time to build up your MENTAL MATHEMATICS knowledge, which means that you remember many calculations as facts rather than having to work them out by hand or with the help of a calculator.

It has been my experience, in more than 50 years of tutoring mathematics, that mental mathematics expertise is not well developed and I find many Grade 12 Mathematics learners who do not know the multiplication table up to 12×12 and who use their fingers to count out basic calculations such as 6×8. This situation is not acceptable and you now have the time to work on this with other schoolwork largely suspended.

I am providing many short lessons, with documents for downloading, which will help you to develop your mental mathematics skills and you can work on these by yourself and with help from your parents. You may also wish to work with your fellow learners in a group using social media apps.

**START HERE**: Mental Mathematics Series.

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