Home » Working With Families » Student Strategies » Multiplication Strategies multiplication strategies skip counting Students skip count or add to come to the total. friendly numbers Students change one of the factors to make it an easier multiplication problem. partial products Students break apart factors in addends allowing them to solve smaller problems. doubling & halving Students double one factor while halving the other factor. breaking factors Students break factors into smaller factors to create easier problems. expanded algorithm Similar to partial products as students move to a more efficient way of writing their thinking. standard algorithm Students work from right to left multiplying each part of each factor.