There are many millions of people past and present who struggle with math. To be fair, math is hard. They try and teach you things like irrational numbers, negative numbers, and pi isn’t even a real and tasty pie, so you feel lied to. America has fallen behind in the maths core department internationally, but all that could change.

This handy and fool-proof trick comes from Japan, and this neat visualization of multiplication is how the Japanese learn to do multiplication in school growing up. All of sudden, math seems a lot more simple. Instead of having to memorize all those multiplication tables, they only need to memorize a single technique that involves a few crossed lines. It’s way easier and should be adopted in schools across the nation.

via 15XG