How to Get the Most Out of ChatGPT

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ChatGPT has become a popular language model that generates coherent responses to a wide range of questions. From improving your writing skills to helping enhance your creativity, ChatGPT can be a great tool for any student. Here are a few ways I like to use ChatGPT!

Before starting a project or assignment, read up on UBC’s academic integrity policy or talk to an instructor! Currently, the use of AI tools at UBC is a course-level decision and may be prohibited by your instructor. Be aware of your course policy before using ChatGPT, otherwise it’s use could be considered academic misconduct.

1) Projects

In my experience, ChatGPT can be useful in brainstorming, creating a schedule for completing a project, or providing feedback. Staying on track helps me to avoid procrastinating. To help create a project schedule for myself, I ask ChatGPT:

  • “I am creating a project that focuses on the effects of climate change on biodiversity. Create a schedule I can follow to stay on track to complete my project in 3 weeks.”

Another great use of ChatGPT is providing feedback on your work:

  • “Can you please review my paper on the use of symbolism in ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald and provide feedback on the strength of my arguments and the clarity of my writing? Specifically, can you highlight areas where I could improve my analysis of the symbolism used in the novel?”
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2) Studying

Preparing for exams is tough; creating a plan to follow during this time can make it less stressful. ChatGPT can break down topics into subtopics to study, outline main topics to focus on, and create a timeline.

  • “Help me create a study timeline for three exams in the next two weeks. I have one on Monday morning, one on Monday afternoon, and the last one on Tuesday. I need a plan to allocate my time effectively and ensure I cover all the material. Can you assist me in creating a study schedule?”

Another great way to use ChatGPT for studying is to generate practice problems that focus on areas you may have difficulty understanding. I use practice problems to ensure I can apply the skills and knowledge I gained in class.

  • “Can you generate 10 practice problems on probability and provide solutions for each problem?”

3) Group Work

ChatGPT can help facilitate communication and collaboration during group work. It can help provide a structure to assign individuals topics and portion out the work evenly so that everyone does their part.

  • “In our group of three working on a project about postmodern feminist art history, how can we ensure equal workload distribution? Provide strategies for allocating tasks fairly while leveraging individual skills and maintaining project quality.”

ChatGPT can also provide ways to avoid and/or settle disputes between group members (i.e. individuals who are not completing their tasks).

  • “Our group is dealing with a team member who consistently fails to complete their assigned work. How can we effectively resolve this dispute and motivate them to fulfill their responsibilities? Provide practical strategies for open communication, accountability, and conflict resolution to restore productivity within our group.”

Overall, ChatGPT can be a great resource for project planning, studying and group work. These are just a few ways this AI tool can help to improve your learning experiences. Have another great way to use this resource? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

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