Memorizing by Ordinal Numbers

Memorizing by ordinal numbers is hardly ever used to memorize everyday information or real educational information as this contradicts the basic principles of the GMS® explained above. When it is necessary to numerate the memorized data (for example, constitution articles), the method of numerating images with figurative codes is used.

I remind you of the rules of handling figurative codes: 1) Nothing is recorded on figurative codes. 2) They must not be connected with each other.

That is why you can use the memorization method described below:

For training;

For different types of demonstrations and tricks;

For temporary memorization.

Suppose, you need to memorize the following ordinal numbers:

  • 43 - Magic
  • 65 - Wealth
  • 78 - 706 (plane)
  • 87 – Magic tricks 
  • 503 - 773 (baby’s dummy)

The images representing ordinal numbers (43, 65, 78, 87, 503) are represented as large (association bases, contrary to the basic rules of memorization). The images representing the memorized words or numbers are represented as medium-size in your imagination.

In order to memorize them, you need to create connections between a part of a large image and a medium image.

When you remember an ordinal number (every person is able to remember a sequence of numbers without mistakes), you remember an image that represents it and “take” the previously memorized image from it.

How do you distinguish images-words and images-numbers? Very simply: images representing numbers have to be memorized well beforehand, after which they are easily recognized.


This method is not suitable for long-term memorization of necessary information. Images representing numbers cannot be used as association bases; to do so would constitute a harsh mistake.

This is one of the memorization techniques used in sport mnemonics, when large amounts of seemingly senseless information (numbers, cards, words, etc.) must be memorized quickly.