11 Tips how to make the most of ChatGPT as PhD student

The academic community is looking for ways to turn ChatGPT into a friend rather than a foe.

11 Tips how to make the most of ChatGPT as PhD student

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PhD students share their ideas and life hacks they utilize AI-chatbots for their studies.

  • Use it for summaries to make reading more efficient and mapping ideas
    It could be useful to sense check discrete arguments on various dimensions.
  • Exhaustivity. Explain the options you came up with and ask if there could be others.
  • Counter factual. Share your argument as a prompt and ask for a challenge.
  • Jury prep. Explain your argument as a prompt and ask for ten questions.
  • Marking. Share your argument as a prompt and ask for criticism.

    *Every time you prompt, you will want to give chat GPT an act to follow. I suggest something along the lines of: “You will act as a university professor in [insert field of studies]. I will first share an argument and you will acknowledge receipt. Once you have acknowledge receipt, I will ask you questions on the argument I shared.”

    You can also prompt it from the point of view of a well known book on the subject

  • Use it as a writing coach to teach you how to write your thesis and research papers.
  • Use it for a basic proofreading of academic texts to correct tone and change it to a passive voice (if appropriate), and then provide a score of the original text from 1 to 10.
  • Feed chatGPT some prompts and then ask it to generate an outline of the main chapter of the dissertation
  • “Freewriting” technique. Just write everything that comes to mind in an unorganized fashion. After you’ve done that, you can just go on ChatGPT and prompt it something like “Improve the text bellow, for publication on a scientific article. Use scientific language”, and paste what you’ve written for the AI Content writer to perfect it.

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