Studying the day before an exam is a classic, but this concept could live its particular revolution thanks to artificial intelligence. A student with the username 151N on Reddit published his particular story these days with a situation of this type. A runaway success story, by the way.
Three days for the exam. In the last semester 151N she had practically not been able to go to class because she had to “deal with problems”, and there were only three days left until the exam. The agenda was wide: 12 weeks in which between two and three hours of class had been given. How to manage to study all that in three days?
Welcome, ChatGPT. The exam was going to be multiple choice, with several options for questions. Given this format, 151N first thought of accessing the transcripts of the classes, which were available on an online platform so that students could consult them. The text was too big for ChatGPT to handle, so the first thing it did was use a text digest service to trim that content. From the originals, which had between 7,000 and 8,000 words per class, he went on to texts of between 900 and 1,000 words that ChaGPT could work with.
Day one: analyze and condense. With these summarized texts, the user asked ChatGPT to analyze them and underline the debates and main ideas of each class. That was what the first day of study was dedicated to: listing the highlights of each teacher, which allowed condensing all the classes into about four or five hours when the original content was between 24 and 30 hours.
Day two: refine the study agenda. On the second day this student asked ChatGPT to define the terms included in each class, but to do so using only the class textbook and summary transcripts. That took him four or five hours, after which he made sure that all the information in that big summary was correct and accurate.
Day three, review. With these condensed and schematized summaries, it remained to review that exam syllabus generated by ChatGPT. With that I had all the theoretically important concepts perfectly summarized for that final study work.
Outstanding. As he recounts in his conclusions, “the exam was practically an exact copy of what she had studied”, and in fact she got a 94 out of 100 on the exam “despite having studied for only three days without having attended class”. . The student then added that although the course was not complex, it was long and required a lot of reading and comprehension. “ChatGPT excelled at this,” he noted. Then he even shared more details and prompts to use to replicate the process that for him can be applied to different subjects.
It’s not cheating, it’s studying better. One of the areas where ChatGPT had an impact from the very beginning was education. He has been talking about “the end of homework” for months because of the ability of this engine to generate essays and academic papers without problems. That option is there, and certainly this tool poses a potential change in education. It is not about cheating -the student did not, in fact- but about studying better thanks to a tool that synthesizes and helps to focus on what is truly important.
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