ChatGPT Does Not Solve All Academic Writing Problems

If allowed by your university’s AI policy, ChatGPT can help you to write your research paper or thesis. It can also be used in your studies more generally (e.g., to learn more about a topic).

At Scribbr, we also use ChatGPT and other AI tools to work more productively.

However, academic texts use a specific style that you should adhere to in your coursework and other academic writing. ChatGPT outputs don’t always conform to this style.

Texts created with ChatGPT may have the following shortcomings:

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How to Write Good ChatGPT Prompts

With the popular AI writing tool ChatGPT, the responses you get are only as good as the prompts you use. Prompts are the textual inputs you enter for the tool to respond to. To create good ChatGPT prompts, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Give ChatGPT a role to play
  2. Be precise and provide context
  3. Avoid bias
  4. Test and improve your prompts

When prompted appropriately, ChatGPT can help you in all sorts of contexts: school and university, work and career, and everyday life.

Be aware of the limitations of ChatGPT. For example, the tool sometimes makes things up. ChatGPT is not always trustworthy, so it’s important to check any facts you’re not sure about against credible sources.

Universities and other institutions are still developing their stances on how AI writing tools may be used. Always follow your institution’s guidelines over any suggestions you read online. Check out our guide to current university policies on AI writing for more information.

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9 Ways to Use ChatGPT for Language Learning

The popular AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT can produce responses in a wide range of different languages, even switching between languages in one conversation. Because of this, it can be a powerful tool to help you with language learning.

This article explores a variety of different ways to use ChatGPT to learn and practise a language, including example conversations with prompts you can copy and use yourself.

In this article, we’ve used examples that involve prompting ChatGPT in English to practise Spanish. But ChatGPT can respond in just about any language, so you could just as well, for example, prompt it in Portuguese to help you with your English.

Keep in mind the limitations of ChatGPT. While it usually provides accurate answers, it can go wrong on specific points, so it’s best to double-check the answer to any specific grammatical question against a credible source.

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