Ask an Expert – June 2024 – 10 Tips for Learning ChatGPT

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

Hello everyone! Welcome to my “Ten Tips” series, where each month I’ll be sharing 10 tips on various pieces of technology. This would include tips on popular screen readers, office software, and browsers.

If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to share, then by all means! Write to me at

For this month:

Ten Tips for Learning ChatGPT

  1. Understand the Basics: Familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of natural language processing and how ChatGPT works. Understand its limitations and capabilities.
  2. Experiment with Prompts: Start with simple prompts to get a feel for how ChatGPT responds. Experiment with different inputs to see how it interprets and generates text.
  3. Fine-Tune Prompting: Learn how to fine-tune your prompts to get more accurate and relevant responses. Be specific and clear in your instructions to get the desired output.
  4. Explore Context Management: Understand how context affects the model’s responses. You can use system or user messages to guide the conversation and maintain context
  5. Temperature and Max Tokens: Adjust the temperature and max tokens parameters to control the creativity of the responses. Higher temperature values result in more randomness, while lower values make responses more focused.
  6. Iterative Refinement: Iterate on your prompts and responses. If the initial output is not what you want, refine and modify your instructions until you achieve the desired outcome.
  7. Review Model Output: Be critical of the generated content. Review the responses to ensure they align with your intentions and adjust your prompts accordingly.
  8. Use ChatGPT in Stages: Break down complex queries into multiple stages. Use the initial responses to gather information progressively and refine your questions.
  9. Explore Creative Writing: Challenge ChatGPT with creative writing prompts. This can help you appreciate the model’s creative abilities and explore new ways of using it.
  10. Stay Updated: Keep yourself informed about updates and improvements to the model. OpenAI may release new versions or provide additional guidance, which can enhance your experience with ChatGPT.

Remember that learning to use ChatGPT effectively involves experimentation and practice. By exploring various approaches and refining your interactions, you can make the most of this powerful language model.

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I’m Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)

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