The students want a ‘quick’ method to factoring. There are several different methods used but I am afraid that none of them is ‘quick’. They all seem to take practice and with practice comes ‘quickness’.
This site has introduced the use of Diamond Math. Of course there are other methods such as using Algebra Tiles. This is a use of manipulatives in the classroom and in some cases it works quite nicely.
There are several links to using Algebra tiles: