Before you study you need to do two things.

1. Understand the concept of multiplication. Multiplication is an easier way of writing repeated addition.

Example:

You could write:

5 X 4 = 20 (read five times four equals twenty)

OR

4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 20

The first way is just a shortcut.

2. Learn seven simple rules. These rules make most of the table easy. The following pages cover each rule.