What are formal notes?
I have to take formal notes for school but I don't know what they are
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sometimes our notes are free-form and flowing and no two notes look much like the other.
Some notes, though, need to adhere to a more rigid format because they always contain the same key bits of information. Telephone message pads, receipts, and library call slips all look alike because, at some level, they all are alike.
We say that notes that have a fixed, rigid structure are formal, because they are (in a sense) mathematically well-described.