How to Use ChatGPT to Learn Faster

How to use ChatGPT to Learn Faster
February 22, 2023

Research consistently proves that the highest achievers love learning. For example, CEOs read around 60 books per year. By exposing yourself to the thoughts and lessons from the world’s greatest minds, you will be better equipped to make quicker, better decisions.

Now, ChatGPT can help you learn quicker and more effectively. Here are a few prompts that will save you hundreds of hours every year when learning about new topics.

Book summaries

Prompt: “Write a 400-word, value-packed, bullet-point, actionable book summary of the book ‘Atomic Habits'”

Ask follow-up questions
If there is a particular point in the book summary that you would like to learn more about, ask ChatGPT to expand or to give examples.

Prompt: “Provide an example of “Using habit stacking to create new habits by pairing them with existing ones”.”

Incorporate the lessons into your daily life
Reading a book is easy. Putting the lessons into action is a lot more challenging. We can use ChatGPT to help us incorporate the lessons from the books we read into our everyday life.

Prompt: “How can I incorporate the lessons from this book into my daily life to make it more practical and useful? Provide a to-do list for the next week.”

Article summaries

In the same way we have used ChatGPT to summarize books, you can do the same for articles and research papers. This time, however, you will need to copy and paste the text into your prompt.

Prompt: Summarize this article in 200 words: “[COPY AND PASTE ENTIRE ARTICLE TEXT]”

Test your knowledge with quizzes

Frequent tests boost learning. That’s science. It’s why almost every academic system in the world includes an element of testing. You can use ChatGPT to test your knowledge on the things you learn.

Let’s say you just read a book on marketing and you want to test your knowledge.

Prompt: “Create a quiz with 10 multiple choice questions on the book ‘Contagious: Why Things Catch On’. DO NOT PROVIDE THE ANSWERS.”

After completing the quiz, simply ask ChatGPT to provide the answers. If you get anything wrong, ask ChatGPT to give you some questions in relation to that particular area where your knowledge is lacking. 

Generate discussion points

Discussing topics with your peers has been shown to improve retention. When you read a new book or learn about a new topic, you can ask ChatGPT to generate discussion points that you can talk about with your friends, colleagues and peers.

Prompt: “Create 5 discussion points from the book ‘Prisoners of Geography’ by Tim Marshall”

Turn your notes into a fleshed-out summary

Researching and learning involves taking in lots of information from disparate sources and putting it all together in a way that is useful for your own life and challenges.

The next time you take clunky notes, try putting them into ChatGPT and asking it to turn your notes into a coherent summary.

Prompt: “Turn these notes into a coherent summary: [INSERT NOTES]”

Explain like a five-year-old

When you are reading a book, listening to a lecture, or studying a completely new topic, you are likely to run into words that mean absolutely nothing to you. Quickly understanding unfamiliar concepts, names and phrases is essential to learning new things faster.

Fortunately, we can use ChatGPT to break complex topics down and explain them to us like we’re five years old.

Prompt: “Explain this to me like I’m a five-year-old: [TOPIC]”

Bonus Tip: Generate social media content

Reading books and learning about new topics can be a great source of ideas for social media content. To speed up the process, we can ask ChatGPT to generate the content for us.

Prompt: “Write 5 tweets based on the lessons and ideas based on the book ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman.

Make them actionable tips and tricks that my followers can use immediately to improve their lives.”

Closing Thoughts

ChatGPT is helping millions of people become more efficient and use their time more productively. Learning is just one of the areas in which ChatGPT can help us save hundreds of hours every year.

If you want to take your ChatGPT prompts to the next level, then you’ll love our article on advanced prompt engineering.

In future articles, we’ll be discussing how we can use ChatGPT to be more productive across all areas of life. We’ll touch on how to use ChatGPT to make better decisions, plan your day, lose weight, gain muscle, write quicker, and brainstorm with superhuman efficiency.

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