How Students Can Use ChatGPT for Homework, Essays, and Studying Assistance
Why a ChatGPT School Ban Harms Students
If you took any sort of math class in high school, you may remember those infamous words from a flustered math teacher who was trying to explain the importance of actually knowing how to do math.
You may also remember walking into your first university level math class a year later sans calculator only to hear your professor tell you to use your calculator to help solve the equation on the board.
Did your high school teacher lie to you?
Or did they not understand that calculators are a tool rather than a replacement for knowing how to do the work?
In today’s world, ChatGPT is the new calculator.
When used properly, it can be a guide for students to navigate their way through complex subjects and enable them on their journey to simplifying large amounts of information.
This article shows how ChatGPT can be a welcome addition to a student’s toolkit for success rather than a hindrance.
Using ChatGPT For Essay Writing Isn’t Always Plagiarism
Plagiarism has been a cause for concern long before the introduction of ChatGPT.
Ever since students gained access to the internet, there’s been the possibility of them copying and pasting someone else’s words and passing it off as their own.
Is this a legitimate problem?
But does it warrant getting rid of programs that may help students because it may have negative consequences?
Brendan Benson, an English teacher in Newmarket, ON noticed that his students were submitting assignments that sounded eerily similar. It didn’t take him long to realize that his students were using ChatGPT.
Rather than work against the AI software and ban his students from using it, he decided to work with it and encourage his students to use it wisely.
Instead of failing and disciplining students who used it, he encouraged his students to explain how they were using it. From here, he was able to come up with a plan to grade assignments done with ChatGPT’s help.
He did this by asking the students to submit records of their conversations with the chatbot and explain what they learned about the writing process.
This gives students the opportunity to combine their critical thinking skills and abilities with ChatGPT.
It Can Provide “Tricks” for Complex Problems
There’s ROYGBIV for remembering the colors in the rainbow.
Never Eat Shredded Wheat will help you read a compass.
My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Noodles (sorry, Pluto) tells you the order of the planets.
It seems as though there’s a mnemonic for everything!
What if you have a test you have to study for but you don’t know of any helpful tips or tricks?
ChatGPT to the rescue!
You can ask it to help you come up with easy ways to remember almost anything.
Do you have a test on the taxonomic hierarchy?
Now you’ll never forget organism classification ranks ever again!
But what if you don’t do well with mnemonics? Are you out of luck?
You can ask ChatGPT to help you remember in the way that works best.
Even if it’s a little outside the box.
If radio station jingles aren’t your jam, you can request the information in whatever genre of music you want.
The possibilities are endless when you rely on AI.
But the real question is…