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Man’s brilliant maths trick means you’ll never struggle with percentages again

Not everyone has an aptitude for maths .

It’s all too easy to forget even some of the basics once you’ve left school. Then there’s the fact pretty much everyone has a calculator on their phone.

All of which means that working out things such as percentages can get the better of us as adults.

Thanks to a brilliant trick from copywriter Ben Stephens, however, this could all be about to change.

Ben shared his “fascinating little life hack” for working out percentages on Twitter , where it quickly got noticed by many a grateful social media user.

The key is flipping the numbers around.

Here’s Ben’s handy explanation :


So 16% of 25 is the same as 25% of 16, and this trick works with any two numbers.

With this example, 25% of 16 (4) is a lot easier to work out off the top of your head than 16% of 25.

Given the huge and enthusiastic response to Ben’s tweet, it’s fair to say this advice has seriously tapped into something .

Even people who use maths every day or professed to being good at it said how useful this tip was.

Which is actually really comforting.


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