Can ChatGPT write essays? The short answer is yes, but with some limitations.
We’re going to look at how to write essays with ChatGPT and other AI tools. We’re also going to examine the pros and cons of using ChatGPT and discuss why we think you still need the human touch for the best results.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
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1) Pros and Cons of Using ChatGPT to Write Essays
- It’s quick! And we mean really quick. This software can produce results in seconds.
- You can tweak and adjust your results, including asking the software to include references.
- If you aren’t happy with its first attempt, you can ask ChatGPT to rewrite your essay and you’ll get a new version, again in mere seconds. And you can do this as many times as you like.
- Using the software may help you get over writer’s block and provide inspiration.
- ChatGPT is limited. According to OpenAI, it can still produce complete nonsense that may appear to be quite well written. You need to check any work that comes from the software to ensure accuracy.
- It can sometimes be biased, which may or may not help your argument in the essay.
- You might need to work on the phrasing of your prompts before you get suitable results. The software may sometimes claim that it doesn’t know the answer, even if it would know the answer with a slightly altered prompt.
- Next, we come to the ethical considerations. Can ChatGPT write good essays? Yes. Should you use the software to write your essays? If you hand in a chatbot-written essay at your college or university, it’s highly unethical to pretend that you wrote it if you only used software to generate it with a prompt. If you get caught, there will be consequences.
While ChatGPT can write essays and many other forms of content, it’s not a substitute for doing the work yourself and writing with an understanding of the topic. It’s meant to be a tool to assist you.
We’ve talked before about the AI paradox: AI can help us with our own creativity whilst at the same time making it something of a commodity that it never was before.
These are all things you need to be aware of when using a tool such as this. Use it ethically and add your own input to create something unique.
2) Cheating, Plagiarism, and ChatGPT
Most people will probably use ChatGPT in the right way.
They’ll use it as an idea generator and a way to help them speed up their own writing.
For those thinking of coasting through college or anything else by getting ChatGPT to do all the work, we’d advise you to think again.
Quite apart from the problems we mentioned above, there are some very good plagiarism checkers out there.
If ChatGPT uses any text in your generated essay that it copied from elsewhere, these checkers will find it.
Here are just two of the best:
At Rock Content, we use Copyscape to ensure that every word written by our pool of writers is completely original and plagiarism-free.
It offers a free content checker and a more in-depth checker in the Premium version.
Turnitin is designed to help lecturers and other academics check students’ work for plagiarism. They describe the software as “best in class.”
In addition to plagiarism checkers, you now have to contend with a new tool called GPTZero, which was created to detect if the content is written using ChatGPT.
It’s not completely foolproof, but the developer is working on it.
As is OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT.
They are currently looking at developing a “watermark” to show if the content has been created with their software.
Between all of these tools, it really is best to be ethical and honest when using AI content generators of any kind.
3) How to Use ChatGPT to Write Good Essays: 5 Tips
While we’ve included dire warnings about using ChatGPT to cheat on your essay writing, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t use it at all.
In fact, it can be a genuinely helpful tool that saves time by expediting your essay writing.
Here’s how to ask it to help rather than do the work for you:
1. Generate article ideas
ChatGPT can generate more topic ideas in seconds than most people could come up with in a week.
This is an excellent way to find interesting angles on old topics or to choose something to write about if you’re stuck.
2. Evaluate a topic and find sources faster
Run your topic ideas through ChatGPT and ask it to find references and sources for you.
You’ll soon have quite the list to research and a better idea of whether your chosen topic has enough depth to it.
3. Create an outline using ChatGPT
Feed your topic into the software and ask it to create an outline for you.
It’s so much easier to write anything if you already have a good outline and know what you’re going to say.
4. Generate an attention-getting title
If you’re writing essays for online publication, you need a title that’s going to get people to stop and click the link.
ChatGPT will generate a range of titles in seconds.
You can choose the best one, or use the title suggestions for inspiration to create your own.
5. Find good keywords
Again, if your essay is for online publication, you want it to be found and read. For that, you need great keywords and ChatGPT can rapidly deliver a long list of relevant words.
4) Make an AI-generated Essay Your Own: 10 Tips for Personalization
Here’s how you really take an AI-generated work and turn it into something all your own:
1. Use your own writing style and tone
Everyone has their own particular writing tone and style.
Find your writing voice and use it to rewrite an AI essay for a more warm and human tone.
2. Incorporate personal insights
Artificial intelligence can’t add your own insights to an essay for you.
Incorporate these insights to change the essay and add depth.
3. Add relevant facts
Adding pertinent facts is generally a good idea in essays.
Use them to back up your argument as well as to differentiate your essay from the original AI version.
4. Share your opinion
Bots can’t incorporate your opinion either.
Do so and you’ll add spark and interest to your essay while building up your argument.
5. Add humor
If it’s appropriate, adding a little humor can lift an essay by making it interesting and unique.
6. Add your personality
Likewise, so can add your personality. There’s only one of you!
7. Use imagery and visual elements
A human can be far more descriptive and lyrical than any AI.
Use these elements to distinguish your own work from the initial AI draft.
8. Give examples
Examples from your own personal experience or reading will also differentiate your essay and turn it into something that’s more your own.
9. Do your own research
If you perform your own research, you’ll make connections that you otherwise wouldn’t.
This is also a good way to find those facts and examples we mentioned earlier, along with statistics and quotes.
10. Proofread and check for flow
Artificial intelligence writing isn’t always smooth and full of character.
First, read the essay for an understanding of the topic and personality.
Then proofread it and ensure that it flows smoothly.
5) When Only Humans Will Do: The Benefits of Human-made Essays
ChatGPT is good, and it can certainly be a huge timesaver, but it’s no substitute for an experienced, professional content writer.
Over at Writer Access, Rock Content’s own content creation platform, you can choose from over 15,000 talented writers and have content written on just about any topic under the sun.
Human-written essays have personality and a great writing voice already built in, with a coherent, well-constructed argument and flowing style that bots just can’t match.
If you need something full of depth, subtlety, and emotion, then you still need a human writer.
And if you’re talking about content that’ll give you and your readers a good belly laugh, well, those chatbots just don’t get the joke, nor can they write one as well as a human.
So, if you’d rather have 100% human-made copy from professionals, WriterAccess can connect you to hundreds of qualified freelance writers, and you can try it out for free.
6) Other Essay-writing Alternatives to ChatGPT
While ChatGPT is certainly the one everyone’s talking about, there are other AI content generators out there:
Jasper comes with a built-in grammar and plagiarism checker. It allows you to generate a great many types of content.
2. Google Bard
Bard is an interesting combination of search and content generation.
Among other things, you can use it to search, answer questions, brainstorm ideas, or create first drafts of essays and other content.
Hubble includes a section aimed at students, and you can click straight to a page specifically intended for essay writing.
It lets you specify a word count, enter a prompt, and input details that you want to appear in the essay.
There are also over 30 app templates for tweets, social media, blog posts, and more.
ContentBot is great at long-form content, such as essays. It also has features aimed at marketers who produce blog posts, advertising copy, and more.
Copy.ai looks to be oriented toward creating copywriting for marketers, including social media posts, email marketing messages, and more.
But it does do long-form content, too.
It’s great to have options, such as ChatGPT, to help with essays and other forms of content.
But they really should just be used to help. They’re not meant to be a replacement for human writers.
If you do need help with your content creation, WriterAccess has thousands of talented and experienced writers ready to create professional content for you on any subject.
When only a human will do, you need the quality and expertise of our writers to help you produce content.
Give our two-week trial a go and see how WriterAccess can elevate your content game!