AI helped me with my homework

"Kids are using it right across the country. We're playing catchup..."

It’s been announced that AI, including ChatGPT, will be allowed in Australian schools from 2024.

So, last night, I decided to see if I could use it to help me in a course I’m taking.

The trigger for this was being two weeks behind in the assignments I had been set, so I had both lessons to catch up on and things to submit.

And they were not short, bite-sized lessons: we are talking a 60-minute video and an assignment that should have taken me all day.

But thanks to the new man in my life, I managed to whittle it down to 2 hours while the husband cooked dinner.

Workflow of the day

The new man in my life is Claude.ai, which I talked about a few posts ago.

Since I met Claude, I’ve almost stopped using ChatGPT as my go-to.

I know… but the answers I’m getting from Claude seem so much better, especially when it comes to long documents and things that require a bit more creativity.

So here are the steps I took to do my homework in probably a quarter of the time it might have taken BC (Before Claude):

  1. Transcribe the video - save it as a PDF

  2. Get Claude to summarise the video into the key ideas/takeaways

  3. Read and highlight those

  4. Download the assignment worksheet - save it as a PDF

  5. Read the assignment sheet carefully (And as anyone who has done Transform with me will know, you must understand what’s being asked to score maximum points, rather than answering the question you want to answer and scoring nothing….!)

  6. Spend 60 minutes or so coming up with my answers to the questions in the assignment - no getting out of this one; if you’re creating something, you’ve got to do a bit of human work here.

The next bit is kind of where the magic happens:

  1. I fed the assignment sheet and my answers back to Claude, asking it to rate my answers against the assignment scoring criteria

  2. I had fallen short in a few areas, so I spent another 30 minutes asking Claude for help reworking my answers to fully meet the brief.

Where could you use this in places that aren’t study-related?

  • Summarising pest and building reports

  • Summarising market data reports

  • Thinking about my old life, it would be great to use this technique in a proposal or RFP situation to make sure the answers met the brief, were customer-focused and addressed the question or criteria fully. (Side note: If you propose marketing solutions to developers, this would be super good for you to deploy!)

  • Summarising internal or client meetings

  • And the list goes on.

Is it cheating? No, I don’t think so. This is doing what AI is here to do - make us smarter, faster and more efficient.

Happy Hunting 🚀