# Remembering Appointments, Dates, Events

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## Remembering Appointments, Dates, Events

Arthur Bornstein (Founder, The Bornstein School for Memory Training) gives expert video advice on: How can I improve my ability to remember appointments?; How can I improve my ability to remember important dates?; How can I better remember dates or people in history? and more...

### What is a "visual key" system?

A good way to remember anniversaries, birthdays and appointments is to develop some type of a key system. A key system is coming up with a exact word or symbol to represent the number. That will allow you to make the association with the person, place or appointment that it's going to represent. You think of that key word, whatever's connected to it should come back with it.

### How can a "numerical alphabet" help me remember?

The key system that I use and that I published, is developing a visual key word based upon a numerical alphabet, where each word represents a number and a number will reflect you back to that particular word. The word tail, t-a-i-l is always a number 15, because 1 is a "t", "l" is a 5. That's a key system using a numerical alphabet. It's a matter of knowing exactly where those keywords lie. It's a mental filing system.

### What are some examples of a numerical alphabet?

Five equals L because when you hold up five fingers, it looks like an L. Six looks like a J, when you turn it around and three is an M, because when you take the M and turn it up, it looks like a three. A nine is a P, as if you turn it around, the nine becomes the P. Now these are consonants that have numerical values, the vowels have no value. T is one because it has one stroke. So if I give you the word "mat" like a welcome Mat, M is three, T is one and the A has no value. Six is our J, so Sixty-one, a J and a T, creates the word Jet, like a jet-plane; it is always number sixty-one. This is a very simple system called the numerical alphabet.