ChatGPT Tutorial: How to Use ChatGPT for Beginners [Ultimate Guide with Examples]

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Welcome to our ultimate guide on using OpenAI’s ChatGPT! We designed this ChatGPT tutorial for beginners and packed it with practical examples that demonstrate how to use ChatGPT effectively. Regardless of your prior experience with AI, when you’re done, you’ll understand how to leverage its capabilities to generate human-like text.

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ChatGPT explained

Overview of ChatGPT

ChatGPT – Generative Pretrained Transformer – is an advanced language model developed by OpenAI. 

Trained on diverse internet text, ChatGPT is able to generate coherent and contextually relevant sentences by predicting the likelihood of a word given the previous words used in the text. It can simulate a conversation, answer questions, generate creative content, and even perform some additional tasks.

The developers designed ChatGPT to understand context and generate human-like text based on the prompts given to it. These prompts can be anything from a single word to a whole paragraph. In response, the model generates text intended to follow logically from the prompt.

The model has a "knowledge cutoff" which means it is only aware of events, information, and concepts up until the point it was last trained. For any events or developments after that, it uses tools like a simplified web browser – Bing – to gather current information.

OpenAI has implemented several safety measures and guidelines to ensure ethical use of the model. It has measures in place that prevent the model from generating harmful or inappropriate content – though users often find ways to bend these rules.

Overall, ChatGPT is a powerful tool for generating human-like text and can be used in a variety of applications.

Reasons of its success

You could attribute a host of reasons for ChatGPT’s success but here are some key factors:

  • Large-scale training data. Developers trained ChatGPT on a diverse range of internet text. This allows it to generate text in a wide variety of styles and tones, and on a broad range of topics.

  • Advanced AI technology. Based on the transformer model architecture, this advanced AI tech enables it to generate remarkably coherent and contextually relevant text.

  • Versatility. You can use the model in many different applications, like drafting emails, writing code, tutoring in various subjects, translating languages, simulating characters for video games, and much more.

  • Continuous learning and improvement. OpenAI constantly refines and updates the model based on research and user feedback, which helps improve its performance and usefulness.

  • Safety measures. OpenAI implemented several safety measures and guidelines to ensure the ethical use of the model. 

  • Interactivity. ChatGPT can carry on a conversation with users, making it engaging and dynamic. And it can respond to user prompts and generate detailed responses.

  • Understanding of context. ChatGPT is designed to understand the context of a conversation or a piece of text, which allows it to generate responses that are relevant and meaningful.

Signing up

Signing up for a ChatGPT account is easy. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Head to the ChatGPT account creation page by following the link below. You could see a message stating "ChatGPT is at capacity right now." If so, wait a bit and try again. 

    Go to the ChatGPT website

  2. Click the Sign Up button.

  3. Enter your email address and create a password – 8 character minimum.

  4. Open the verification email sent to your inbox and click the verification link. If you don't receive the email, check your spam folder, or click Resend email.

  5. After verifying your email, enter your first and last names and click Continue.

  6. Enter your phone number and click Send Code. ChatGPT will send you a text message to verify. Please note that ChatGPT is not yet supported in all countries, and using a virtual phone number (VoIP) won't work for verification​.

  7. Enter the verification code you received via text and click Continue. Once your code is accepted, you'll be logged in and ready to start using ChatGPT​.

Interface overview

Because OpenAI has an API that provides access to the GPT model, developers can build their own interfaces around it. So, you technically don’t have to go to the ChatGPT site to use the language model. 

The interface varies depending on the application or platform in which you’re using ChatGPT. For example, a productivity app might have a different interface compared to an educational app, even though both are utilizing ChatGPT.

However, OpenAI offers a beta version of their ChatGPT interface via its website, allowing users to log in and interact with ChatGPT in a conversational manner.

This interface consists of a chat window where users can type their prompts and ChatGPT responds. The responses from ChatGPT appear as chat bubbles, similar to a standard messaging app.

You simply type in your question, comment, or statement in the input box and press Enter/Return. And the model will respond to your input, initiating a conversation. From there, you can continue the conversation by replying to its responses, and it will maintain context from previous responses to make the conversation coherent.

You can ask ChatGPT factual questions, ask for explanations, or even ask it to generate creative content, like stories or poems. And it’s possible to give specific instructions to, for example, generate a list of ideas, write an essay, or play a text-based game.

Last, with the newest ChatGPT-4 model, users have the ability to capture specific data though browsing the web via Bing or from direct plugin sources, like Speak, Video Insights, Instacart, WebPilot, Zapier, and more. You can adjust which model you want to use via the interface.

Versions of ChatGPT and their differences

OpenAI has released multiple versions of GPT and its chatbot variant, ChatGPT. Here’s a breakdown of each version.


OpenAI released the original GPT in June 2018. It had 12 transformer layers and 117 million parameters and was trained on books, articles, websites, and other text data, then fine-tuned on specific tasks.


Released in February 2019, GPT-2 was a significant upgrade over its predecessor, with 1.5 billion parameters. OpenAI didn’t release it initially in full due to concerns about its potential misuse. But they eventually relented in November of the same year. It improved text generation capabilities, generating more coherent and contextually accurate text.


Launched in June 2020, GPT-3 was a huge leap forward in terms of scale and performance. With 175 billion parameters, it was able to generate impressively human-like text. It was also the first version to be commercially available via an API, which developers could use to build applications.


The most recent version of ChatGPT is GPT-4. It was officially announced on March 13, 2023, and is currently in the ChatGPT Plus paid subscription and through Bing Chat with some limitations.

GPT-4 is OpenAI's most advanced system with marked improvements in three key areas: creativity, visual input, and longer context. The model is better at both creating and collaborating with users on creative projects, like screenplays and technical writing – even learning a user's writing style. 

The model can now process up to 25,000 words of text from a user and can also receive images as a basis for interaction.

However, despite these advances, GPT-4 is not perfect and has some limitations. Like previous versions of GPT, the model still has problems with social biases, hallucinations, and adversarial prompts.

ChatGPT Plus

ChatGPT Plus is a subscription plan offered by OpenAI for its advanced language model, ChatGPT-4. As of 2023, OpenAI offers a subscription at $20/month, which includes additional benefits like:

  1. Better access to ChatGPT. Subscribers can use ChatGPT anytime, even during peak usage times. This means they get uninterrupted access to the AI model, regardless of the number of users currently using the service.

  2. Faster response times. The subscription ensures responses from ChatGPT deliver faster. This can improve the user experience, especially for longer or more complex tasks.

  3. Priority access to new features and improvements. As OpenAI continues to develop and enhance ChatGPT, subscribers to ChatGPT Plus will get priority access to these new features and improvements.

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Types of commands

Simple questions/suggestions

Simple questions:

  1. Factual Information: "What is the capital of Canada?"

  2. Definitions: "What is photosynthesis?"

  3. Explanations: "Can you explain Einstein's theory of relativity?"

  4. Opinions: "What do you think about laissez-faire economics?"

  5. Predictions: "What could be the impact of climate change on the polar ice caps?"

Generating suggestions:

  1. Ideas: "Can you give me some ideas for a software demo video?"

  2. Recommendations: "Can you suggest some good mystery novels?"

  3. Tips: "Can you give me some tips to improve my skateboarding skills?"

  4. Plans: "Can you suggest a one-week meal plan for a vegetarian diet?"

  5. Strategies: "Can you suggest some marketing strategies that would fit the needs of a small business?"

Remember, it's always helpful to be as specific as possible when asking questions or seeking suggestions to get the most relevant responses from the AI.

List generating

ChatGPT is capable of generating lists based on a wide range of commands. Here are some examples:

  1. Idea generation: "List 10 ideas I could use in a fantasy novel."

  2. Task lists: "Can you create a checklist for planning a birthday party?"

  3. Recommendations: "Generate a list of 5 highly recommended science fiction books."

  4. Factual information: "List all the planets in our solar system."

  5. Brainstorming: "Can you list some potential names for a new tech startup?"

  6. Steps or processes: "Generate a list of steps to bake a chocolate cake."

  7. Learning materials: "Can you list some important historical events I should know about?"

  8. Comparisons: "Can you list the differences between reptiles and amphibians?"

  9. Tips and advice: "Can you list some tips for improving my time management skills?"

  10. Categories: "Can you list types of musical instruments?"


Yes, ChatGPT can indeed translate between different languages. Here's how you might use this feature:

  1. Translate a single sentence. To translate a single sentence, you can use a command like, "Translate 'Hello, how are you?' from English to Spanish."
  2. Translate a paragraph. For a longer text, you can use a similar command. For instance, "Translate this paragraph from French to English: 'Bonjour, comment ça va? Je suis ravi de vous rencontrer.'"
  3. Translate a word. You can also translate individual words. For example, "Translate 'library' from English to German."

Please note that while ChatGPT can perform translations, it's not specialized as a translation tool like some other services, so for more complex or high-stakes translation tasks, you might want to consider using a dedicated translation service or learn more about a Translation Management System (TMS).

Comparing + pros and cons

To have ChatGPT generate text comparing the pros and cons of a topic, you need to specify the subjects you're interested in. Here are some examples:

  1. Comparing technologies: "Can you compare the pros and cons of using electric cars vs. gasoline cars?"

  2. Comparing concepts or ideas: "Can you list the pros and cons of adopting a plant-based diet?"

  3. Comparing policies or decisions: "Can you compare the pros and cons of remote work vs. office work?"

  4. Comparing products: "List the pros and cons of using a Samsung vs. a Google phone?"

As explained, be as specific as possible. For instance, if you're comparing products, specify the exact models if possible.

Writing long pieces of content (emails, comments, outlines, etc.)

ChatGPT is capable of generating longer pieces of content, such as emails, comments, outlines, and more. Here are some examples of how you might input the command:

  1. Emails: "Write a formal email to my boss requesting summer vacation time."

  2. Comments or reviews: "Write a review for a science fiction book that I enjoyed, mentioning its complex characters, imaginative setting, and thought-provoking themes."

  3. Outlines: "Create an outline for a research paper on the impact of climate change on global agriculture."

  4. Reports: "Write a brief report on the latest space rocket technology being used by NASA.”

  5. Essays: "Write an introduction paragraph for an essay arguing the benefits of renewable energy sources over fossil fuels."

  6. Blog posts: "Write a blog post about tips and tricks for beginner photographers."

  7. Letters: "Write a letter to the city council expressing concerns about the lack of parks and green spaces in our neighborhood."

Details help!  If you're asking for an email or a letter, specifying the context, the recipient, and the purpose of the communication can help the AI generate a more suitable response. Similarly, for reviews, outlines, or essays, providing the specific topics, themes, or arguments can enhance the quality of the generated content.

Creative writing

ChatGPT can be a valuable tool for creative writing, helping to generate ideas, flesh out characters, create dialogue, and more. Try these:

  1. Story ideas: "Can you give me a unique idea for a fantasy short story?"

  2. Character development: "Help me develop a character who is a lost boy looking for his mother."

  3. Dialogue: "Write a dialogue between an architect and a barista talking about their favorite coffee."

  4. Setting descriptions: "Can you describe a bustling city in a future world?"

  5. Plot development: "Can you outline a plot for a mystery novel set in a small coastal town?"

  6. Genre-specific prompts: "Can you give me a writing prompt for a horror story?"

  7. First lines: "Can you give me an intriguing first line for a romance novel?"

  8. Poetry: "Can you write a sonnet about the changing seasons?"

You can dive deeper with ChatGPT if you include some more detail. For example, If you're asking for a character description, you might include details like the character's background, their role in the story, or their personality traits.


ChatGPT can be a useful tool for brainstorming sessions. Here are a few examples of commands you might use:

  1. Idea generation: "Generate some unique ideas for a romance novel."

  2. Product names: "Suggest some catchy names for a new retail store that specializes in purses."

  3. Startup ideas: "Brainstorm some innovative startup ideas in the field of holography."

  4. Content creation: "Can you generate some interesting blog post topics about digital marketing?"

  5. Problem-solving: "Can you propose some solutions for reducing traffic congestion in a busy city?"

  6. Project ideas: "Brainstorm some attention-grabbing project ideas for a college marketing course."

  7. Event planning: "Can you suggest some themes for a corporate team-building event?"

Modification (rephrasing sentences, rewriting texts, summarizing texts, finding bugs in the code, etc.)

Try these prompts:

Rephrasing sentences or rewriting texts:

  1. "Can you rephrase the sentence 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' in a more formal tone?"

  2. "Rewrite this paragraph with language for younger readers. [Insert paragraph]"

Summarizing texts:

  1. "Can you summarize the key points of this article? [Insert article text or link]"

  2. "Summarize the book 'A Tale of Two Cities'"

Providing feedback to the text, email, letter:

  1. "Can you give me some feedback on this email draft? [Insert email text]"

  2. "Review this cover letter and suggest improvements. [Insert cover letter text]"

Finding bugs in code:

  1. "Look for bugs in this Python code. [Insert code]"

Remember, while ChatGPT can assist with these tasks, it's not specialized in areas like code debugging. For more complex tasks, such as reviewing legal documents or debugging intricate code, it's best to consult an expert – a human one! 

Also, when asking for feedback or rewriting, provide as much context as you can, such as the audience, the purpose, or the desired tone, to get the best results.

Making step-by-step instructions

ChatGPT can generate step-by-step instructions for a variety of tasks or processes. Here are some command ideas:

  1. Recipes: "Can you provide step-by-step instructions to bake a chocolate cake?"

  2. DIY projects: "List the steps to build a homemade ‘vision board’"

  3. Software use: "Give me step-by-step instructions on how to turn off word wrap in Microsoft Word."

  4. Learning new skills: "Can you describe the steps to learn and practice basic guitar chords?"

  5. Problem-solving: "Provide a step-by-step guide to troubleshoot my game not playing sound on my computer."

  6. Fitness: "Can you give step-by-step instructions for a beginner yoga routine?"

  7. Academic tasks: "Provide an outline of steps to write a scientific paper."

If there are any specific constraints, preferences, or details relevant to the task at hand, make sure to include those in your command.

Role play and mentorship (asking for recommendations)

ChatGPT can indeed be used for role play scenarios and mentorship. Here's how you might command it:

Role play:

  1. Character interactions: "Role play as an attorney questioning a witness. I will play the role of the witness."

  2. Scenarios: "Let's role play a job interview. You are the interviewer, and I'm the candidate for a software engineering position."

  3. Storytelling: "Imagine we're characters in a fantasy world. You're a wise old wizard guiding me, a young adventurer, on a quest."


  1. Advice: "As a coach or mentor, what advice would you give me to improve my marathon time?"

  2. Career guidance: "Can you provide some mentorship on how to advance in a career in data science?"

  3. Skill development: "As my writing mentor, can you suggest some exercises I can do to improve my creative writing?"

  4. Problem-solving: "I'm dealing with a difficult team member at work. Can you give me some mentor-style advice on how to handle the situation?"

Remember that while ChatGPT can provide useful insights and simulate mentorship or role play conversations, it's not a substitute for human interaction or professional advice. It's always best to consult with real-life mentors, professionals, or experts when it comes to serious or impactful decisions.


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Frequently asked questions

What is an AI chatbot?

An AI chatbot is a type of software designed to interact with humans in their natural language. These chatbots are usually conversational agents, deployed on various platforms, like websites, apps, or messaging platforms, to simulate human-like conversation and provide assistance.

What is the difference between an AI chatbot and an AI writer?

The main difference lies in their use cases: chatbots are used for interactive conversations and real-time responses, while AI writers are used for generating longer, more complex pieces of text. There's some overlap, of course, especially with advanced models like GPT-4 that can perform tasks suited to both chatbots and AI writers.

What is the best alternative to ChatGPT?

Google's response to ChatGPT, Bard uses a combination of two language models – Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) and Pathways Language Model (PaLM). This combination enhances Bard's math and logic capabilities. 

Plus, Google regularly updates Bard's features and has even upgraded it to write code. It functions as a decent research tool that you can hold a conversation with, even if it sometimes gets things wrong. And Google will continue to expand its feature set over time​.

For more ChatGPT alternatives, follow the link below:

What are the best prompts for ChatGPT?

The "best" prompts for ChatGPT will largely depend on what you're trying to accomplish, as the language model is versatile and can handle a wide range of requests. However, here are some general categories of prompts and examples within each that typically yield useful or interesting responses:

  • Information and fact-checking: "What is the capital of Australia?"

  • Elaboration and explanation: "Can you explain the theory of relativity in simple terms?"

  • Ideation and brainstorming: "Can you suggest some unique ideas for a fantasy short story?"

  • Creative writing: "Can you write a short story about a pirate meeting a mermaid for the first time?"

  • Learning and tutoring: "Can you help me understand the Pythagorean theorem?"

  • Rewriting and rephrasing: "Rephrase this as a formal sentence: 'I can't make it to the conference because something came up'"

  • Coding help: "Explain what this Python code will do: [Insert code]?"

If you want to learn more ChatGPT prompts, read this article:

How do I use ChatGPT for writing content?

Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Drafting. Start by asking ChatGPT to help you draft a piece of content. You can be as specific or general as you like with your prompt. 

  2. Expanding and refining. Once you have a draft, you can ask ChatGPT to expand on certain points or help you refine the language. 

  3. Brainstorming ideas. ChatGPT can also help you brainstorm ideas for your content. For example: "Suggest some subtopics for a blog post about video editing."

  4. Editing and proofreading. Finally, once you've written your content, simply provide the text and ask ChatGPT to check it for any grammatical errors or awkward phrasing.

For a detailed guide, follow the link below:

Is it possible to use ChatGPT on mobile?

Yes, there is a ChatGPT application available for iPhone via the App Store. And as of this writing, OpenAI is currently working on an app for Android users. There are also multiple mobile API’s available to give you access.

Can ChatGPT refuse to answer the prompts?

Yes, ChatGPT can refuse to respond to certain prompts, typically in these categories:

  • Inappropriate or offensive content

  • Personal data requests

  • Harmful or dangerous activities

  • Misinformation

  • Legal and medical advice

Note that while measures are in place, they may not be perfect. And occasionally inappropriate content may get through, or safe and appropriate content may be incorrectly blocked.

Does ChatGPT give wrong answers?

Yes, ChatGPT can sometimes provide incorrect or misleading information. OpenAI trained their model on a diverse range of internet text, but it doesn't know specific documents or sources, so it can't access or retrieve the latest or most accurate data from the internet. 

Therefore, you may get answers with:

  • Outdated information

  • Misinterpretation of the question

  • Lack of source verification

  • Inference errors

While ChatGPT is a powerful tool, it's important to cross-verify the information provided, especially when it comes to critical or important topics. It's not a substitute for professional advice or fact-checked information from reliable sources.

Will the conversations with ChatGPT be used for training?

Yes, however, you can turn off chat history in your settings to stop data sharing and prevent OpenAI from using your data.

How much does the ChatGPT app cost?

The ChatGPT application is free as long as you’re willing to use version 3.5. You’ll need to pay $20/month for a ChatGPT Plus subscription to gain access to version 4 and additional features.

Where does ChatGPT get its data from?

OpenAI trained its models on a large amount of human data from the internet – including conversations. They optimized that data for dialogue using a proprietary tool called Reinforcement Learning with Human Feedback (RLHF). This uses human demonstrations and preference comparisons to guide the model toward desired behavior.

Can I use ChatGPT like Google Search?

No, a language model is not a search engine. However, you can use the ChatGPT Chrome extension to leverage ChatGPT to enhance your Google searches.

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