Welcome to the ChatGPT for Beginners Course!


Are you curious about artificial intelligence and how it can understand and communicate with people? You've come to the right place! In this beginner-friendly course, we'll introduce you to ChatGPT, a powerful AI language model created by OpenAI that can read, write, and understand human language. We've designed this course to be engaging and easy to follow, even if you're entirely new to the world of AI.

Throughout the course, you'll learn about ChatGPT's capabilities, how to use it effectively, its limitations, and how to integrate it with various applications. We'll also guide you through fun, interactive exercises to help you gain hands-on experience and become more comfortable with ChatGPT.

Here's a quick overview of what you'll learn:

  1. What ChatGPT is and how it works
  2. Creating an account to access ChatGPT
  3. Different ways to use ChatGPT
  4. How to ask questions and get answers from ChatGPT
  5. Understanding and dealing with ChatGPT's limitations
  6. Customizing ChatGPT to work the way you want
  7. Ensuring a safe and positive experience with ChatGPT
  8. Fun activities and exercises to practice with ChatGPT
  9. Integrating ChatGPT with other apps and tools
  10. Resources to help you continue learning and exploring ChatGPT's possibilities

By the end of the course, you'll have a solid understanding of ChatGPT, its potential uses, and how to harness its power responsibly. So, let's explore the fascinating world of AI and natural language processing with ChatGPT!

Let's start 🙂

Introduction to ChatGPT


ChatGPT is an advanced language model developed by OpenAI, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) techniques. It is designed to understand and generate human-like text based on the input it receives. Its primary purpose is to assist users in various tasks, such as answering questions, providing suggestions, drafting content, and more.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI is a field of computer science that aims to create machines that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. AI systems are designed to learn and adapt to new information, allowing them to improve their performance over time. ChatGPT is an example of an AI system, as it learns to generate human-like text through a process called deep learning.

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

NLP is a subfield of AI that focuses on enabling computers to understand, interpret, and generate human language. This involves processing text or speech, understanding its meaning, and producing appropriate responses. ChatGPT utilizes NLP techniques to effectively process and generate text, making it a valuable tool for various applications.

Role of OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research lab that aims to develop and promote friendly AI for the benefit of all humanity. The organization ensures that AI systems are safe and their benefits are broadly distributed. OpenAI is responsible for developing ChatGPT and several other AI models, emphasising long-term safety and alignment with human values.

Capabilities of ChatGPT

ChatGPT has a wide range of capabilities, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Answering questions: ChatGPT can provide accurate and relevant answers to users' questions based on the information it has been trained on.
  2. Drafting content: ChatGPT can assist users in drafting content, such as articles, blog posts, or essays, by generating coherent and contextually relevant text.
  3. Creative writing: ChatGPT can generate creative text, such as stories, poems, or dialogue, based on given prompts or themes.
  4. Language translation: ChatGPT can provide translations between various languages, though it may not always be as accurate as dedicated translation tools.
  5. Summarization: ChatGPT can summarize long pieces of text, extracting the most essential points and concisely presenting them.
  6. Personalized recommendations: ChatGPT can generate personalized recommendations, such as movie or book suggestions, based on user preferences and interests.

It is essential to understand that ChatGPT has limitations, such as providing incorrect or nonsensical responses and being sensitive to the input phrasing. Furthermore, it may not always ask clarifying questions when faced with ambiguous queries and could produce biased or offensive content.

Setting Up an Account on the OpenAI Platform


  1. Visit the OpenAI website: Begin by navigating to the OpenAI website ( The website provides information about the company, its products, and research. To access the ChatGPT API, you'll need to create an account.
  2. Locate the "Sign Up" button: On the OpenAI homepage, find the "Sign Up" button, usually located in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on it to initiate the account creation process.
  1. Fill in the registration form: You will be presented with a registration form. Fill in the required information, including your name, email address, and a secure password. Make sure to use a strong, unique password to protect your account.
  2. Accept the terms and conditions: Before proceeding, review the terms and conditions, as well as the privacy policy. You agree to abide by these rules and policies by creating an account. Make sure you understand and accept them before moving forward.
  1. Complete the sign-up process: Once you've filled in the required information and accepted the terms, click the "Sign Up" button to complete the registration process. You may be asked to verify your email address by clicking a link sent to your inbox.
  1. You will be asked to enter your name and verify your phone number. They will send a code to your phone, which you will use to verify it.
  2. You will be presented with their data policies (in a pop-up)
  1. And you are then in 🙂
    This will be a familiar screen as you explore and use ChatGPT.

Next steps

  1. Explore subscription plans and fees: OpenAI offers different subscription plans for its API services, including free and paid options. Review the available plans to determine which one best suits your needs. Remember that usage limits and access to certain features may vary depending on the chosen plan.
  2. Add billing information: If you opt for a paid subscription plan, you'll need to provide your billing information. This may include your credit card details and billing address. Ensure you use a secure connection and verify that the website is legitimate before submitting sensitive information.
  3. Access the API: Once your account is set up and you've chosen a subscription plan, you'll gain access to the ChatGPT API. OpenAI will provide you with an API key, which you'll use to authenticate and access the API in your applications.
  4. Importance of privacy and data security: As you create your account and use the ChatGPT API, remember the importance of protecting your privacy and ensuring data security. Keep your API key secure and avoid sharing it with others. When using ChatGPT to process sensitive information, be aware of data privacy regulations and best practices to ensure compliance and protect your users' privacy.
  5. Familiarize yourself with OpenAI's data usage policy: Review OpenAI's data usage policy to understand how your data is used when interacting with the API. OpenAI has strict guidelines in place to maintain user privacy and ensure data security. Understanding these guidelines will help you use the ChatGPT API responsibly and securely.

3 - Accessing ChatGPT

There are multiple ways to access ChatGPT, including the OpenAI API and web-based interfaces. We'll go through each method and provide a brief demonstration of logging in and navigating the interface.

Method 1: OpenAI API

  1. Get your API key: After setting up an account and choosing a subscription plan, you will receive an API key. This key is required for authentication and accessing the ChatGPT API in your applications.
  2. Install necessary libraries: To use the API, you may need to install specific libraries, such as the OpenAI Python library. You can do this by running pip install openai in your command prompt or terminal.
  3. Access the API through code: To access ChatGPT using the API, you can write code in the programming language of your choice (e.g., Python). Here's a simple Python example using the OpenAI library:
import openai # Replace "your_api_key_here" with your actual API key openai.api_key = "your_api_key_here" response = openai.Completion.create( engine="text-davinci-002", prompt="What are the benefits of exercise?", max_tokens=50, n=1, stop=None, temperature=0.7, ) print(response.choices[0].text)

This code sends a prompt to ChatGPT and prints the generated response. Replace "your_api_key_here" with your actual API key. Your API Key can be found here. You should use environment variables or a secret management tool to expose your key to your applications.

Method 2: Web-based interfaces

Some web-based platforms, such as OpenAI's ChatGPT Playground, provide a user-friendly interface to interact with ChatGPT without writing code.

  1. Access the Playground: Visit the ChatGPT Playground ( or another web-based interface of your choice.
  2. Log in: If prompted, log in using the same email address and password you used when creating your OpenAI account.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the interface: Once logged in, explore the interface. You'll typically see a text input area for entering prompts or questions and a section displaying the model's responses.
  4. Choose the ChatGPT model: Some interfaces allow you to select the specific ChatGPT model you'd like to use. Choose the desired model (e.g., "text-davinci-002") from the available options.
  5. Enter a prompt: Type your prompt or question into the designated text input area.
  6. Configure settings: Adjust settings like temperature, maximum tokens, or other parameters according to your needs. These settings influence the creativity and verbosity of the generated responses.
  7. Generate a response: Click the "Submit" or "Generate" button to send your prompt to ChatGPT. The model will process your input and display a response in the designated area.
  8. Interact with ChatGPT: You can continue entering prompts and receiving responses, engaging in a back-and-forth conversation with ChatGPT.

Whichever method you choose, always remember to follow best practices for privacy and data security when interacting with ChatGPT.

4 - Basic Input and Output

Understanding how to communicate with ChatGPT using clear and concise prompts effectively is crucial for obtaining accurate and relevant responses. In this step, we will guide students on entering prompts and receiving generated responses, emphasizing the importance of effective communication.

  1. Choose your method of access: First, decide whether you want to interact with ChatGPT through the OpenAI API or a web-based interface like the ChatGPT Playground. The method you choose will determine how you enter prompts and receive responses.
  2. Be specific with your prompts: When entering a prompt, try to be as specific as possible. This helps ChatGPT understand the context and provide a more relevant and accurate response. For example, instead of asking, "What is it?", provide context by asking, "What is the function of the mitochondria in a cell?"
  3. Keep prompts concise: While providing context is essential, try to keep your prompts concise. This ensures that ChatGPT's response remains focused on the topic you're interested in.
  4. Use clear language: Use straightforward language and avoid ambiguity in your prompts. This makes it easier for ChatGPT to understand your question and provide an appropriate response.
  5. Consider rephrasing: If you don't receive a satisfactory response from ChatGPT, try rephrasing your prompt or providing additional context. This can help improve the model's understanding and lead to a better response.

Entering prompts and receiving responses with the OpenAI API

When using the OpenAI API, you'll enter prompts through code. In Python, for example, you can use the following template:

import openai openai.api_key = "your_api_key_here" response = openai.Completion.create( engine="text-davinci-002", prompt="your_prompt_here", max_tokens=50, n=1, stop=None, temperature=0.7, ) print(response.choices[0].text)

Replace "your_api_key_here" with your actual API key and "your_prompt_here" with your desired prompt. Run the code to receive a response from ChatGPT. Your API Key can be found here. You should use environment variables or a secret management tool to expose your key to your applications.

Entering prompts and receiving responses with a web-based interface

When using a web-based interface like the ChatGPT Playground, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to and choose the Playground tab.
  2. Enter your prompt in the designated text input area.
  3. Configure settings like temperature and max tokens, if needed.
  4. Click the "Submit" or "Generate" button to send your prompt to ChatGPT.
  5. The generated response will appear in the designated area on the interface.

Remember that effective communication with ChatGPT is key to obtaining accurate and relevant responses. By providing clear, concise, and specific prompts, you can significantly improve the quality of the generated output.

5 - Limitations of ChatGPT and How to Handle Them

ChatGPT, while powerful and versatile, has limitations that users must understand and consider when using the model. By acknowledging these limitations and applying critical thinking, users can better evaluate the generated content and mitigate potential risks.

  1. Occasional inaccuracies: ChatGPT may sometimes provide incorrect or nonsensical answers. This can occur due to the model's training data or how the input prompt is phrased. Remember, it is trained on a large dataset, which may contain incorrect or misleading content.How to handle: Always verify the information provided by ChatGPT using reliable sources, especially when dealing with critical or sensitive topics. If you receive an incorrect or nonsensical response, try rephrasing the prompt or providing additional context to improve the model's understanding.
  2. Sensitivity to input phrasing: ChatGPT's responses can vary depending on the phrasing of the input prompt. Slight changes in wording may result in different answers, which can be confusing or misleading.How to handle: Experiment with different phrasings of your prompt to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the topic. Comparing multiple responses can help you identify potential inconsistencies or inaccuracies.
  3. Lack of clarification: ChatGPT may not always ask clarifying questions when faced with ambiguous or unclear prompts. Instead, it might generate a response based on assumptions or incomplete understanding.How to handle: Ensure your prompts are clear, concise, and specific to minimize ambiguity. Consider providing more context or rephrasing the question if the model's response seems off.
  4. Biases: ChatGPT may exhibit biases in its training data, which could lead to biased or inappropriate responses.How to handle: Be aware of potential biases in the generated content and approach the information with a critical mindset. If you encounter biased output, consider addressing the issue by refining your prompt or manually editing the generated text.
  5. Content generation risks: ChatGPT may sometimes generate inappropriate, offensive, or harmful content.How to handle: Closely monitor and review the generated content before sharing or using it, especially in public settings. Apply critical thinking and ethical considerations when evaluating the appropriateness of the output.
  6. Overuse of certain phrases or patterns: ChatGPT may overuse certain phrases or patterns in its responses, making the content repetitive or less natural.How to handle: Manually edit the generated content to remove repetitive phrases or patterns, ensuring the text flows naturally and coherently.
  7. Lack of up-to-date information: ChatGPT's knowledge is limited to data up until September 2021 (for now), which means it may not be aware of recent developments, discoveries, or publications in various fields.
  8. Reliability and trustworthiness: Since ChatGPT can generate plausible-sounding answers that may be incorrect or misleading, it is important to verify the information provided by the model using external, reliable sources.

Users can better utilize ChatGPT while mitigating potential risks by understanding these limitations and applying critical evaluation. Always approach the generated content with scepticism, verify information when necessary, and use clear and concise prompts to improve communication with the model.

6 - Customizing the ChatGPT Experience

Customizing your ChatGPT experience involves adjusting advanced settings like temperature and max tokens to fine-tune the generated responses. Understanding the functions of these settings and experimenting with different values can help you achieve desired results in your interactions with ChatGPT.

These variables are set using an API connection like a WordPress plugin. There is no settings page on ChatGPT's page (, but you can test it in the Playground.

1 Temperature

Temperature is a parameter that controls the randomness or creativity of the model's output. Higher values result in more creative and diverse responses, while lower values make the output more focused and deterministic.

  • High temperature (e.g., 0.8 - 1.0): The generated responses are more diverse,  creative, and might explore a broader range of ideas. However, they may also be less coherent and more likely to go off-topic.
  • Low temperature (e.g., 0.1 - 0.4): The generated responses are more focused, deterministic, and consistent. They tend to stick to the most likely completion based on the model's training data but may lack creativity or novelty.

How to experiment: Try adjusting the temperature value in small increments (e.g., 0.1 or 0.2) and observe the differences in the generated responses. Find a balance between creativity and coherence that meets your requirements.

Users can better utilize ChatGPT while mitigating potential risks by understanding these limitations and applying critical evaluation. Always approach the generated content with scepticism, verify information when necessary, and use clear and concise prompts to improve communication with the model.

2 Max tokens:

Max tokens is a parameter that controls the length of the generated response. It sets an upper limit on the number of tokens (words or word pieces) that the model can generate for a given response. Reducing the max tokens value results in shorter responses, while increasing it allows for more extended responses.

  • Shorter responses: If you need a brief answer or summary, set a lower max tokens value (e.g., 20 - 50). This forces the model to provide more concise responses but may occasionally cut off the output, making it less coherent.
  • Longer responses: If you need more in-depth information or a detailed explanation, set a higher max tokens value (e.g., 100 - 200). This allows the model to generate more extended responses, but they may be more verbose and contain unnecessary information.

How to experiment: Start with a moderate max tokens value (e.g., 50) and adjust it based on the desired response length. Observe the impact on response coherence and verbosity, and find a suitable value for your specific use case.

When using the OpenAI API, you can adjust these settings in your code like this:

response = openai.Completion.create( engine="text-davinci-002", prompt="your_prompt_here", max_tokens=50, # Adjust this value to control response length n=1, stop=None, temperature=0.7, # Adjust this value to control response creativity )

When using a web-based interface like the ChatGPT Playground, you can typically find sliders or input fields to adjust temperature and max tokens in the settings section.

By experimenting with different temperature and max tokens values, you can customize the ChatGPT experience to generate responses that align with your desired level of creativity, focus, and length.

7 - Implementing Safety Measures

OpenAI provides content filters and moderation tools to help prevent harmful or inappropriate outputs from ChatGPT. Understanding and customizing these safety measures can ensure a safe and positive experience when interacting with the AI model.

1 OpenAI's content filters:

OpenAI has integrated content filters into its API to reduce the likelihood of generating unsafe content. These filters are designed to detect and block content that violates OpenAI's usage policies, such as content that is harmful, offensive, or promotes misinformation.

To use OpenAI's content filters, follow the instructions provided in OpenAI's moderation guide (

2 Customizing safety settings:

While OpenAI's content filters provide a baseline for safety, you may want to further customize the safety measures to meet your specific needs or the needs of your target audience. Here are a few approaches:

  • Keyword filtering: Implement custom keyword filtering in your application to block or flag specific words or phrases that you consider inappropriate or harmful.
  • Context-based filtering: Use context-based filtering techniques to identify potentially unsafe content based on the context in which certain words or phrases are used.
  • Third-party moderation tools: Integrate third-party moderation tools or services that offer advanced content filtering and moderation features to further enhance safety.

3 User feedback and iterative improvements:

Encourage users to provide feedback on any harmful or inappropriate content they encounter. This feedback can help you identify potential gaps in your safety measures and make iterative improvements to your content filtering and moderation systems.

4 Monitoring and manual review:

Regularly monitor the generated content and conduct manual reviews, especially when deploying ChatGPT in public-facing applications. This allows you to ensure the model's output aligns with your safety standards and make adjustments as necessary.

5 Adjusting AI model settings:

Experiment with model settings like temperature to influence the generated content. Lower temperature values (e.g., 0.2 - 0.4) can lead to more focused and deterministic responses, reducing the likelihood of generating inappropriate or harmful content. However, this may also impact the creativity and diversity of the generated responses.

Combining OpenAI's content filters with custom safety measures and adjusting model settings can create a safer and more positive experience for users interacting with ChatGPT. Continuously refining these safety measures and collecting user feedback is crucial to maintaining a secure and responsible AI deployment.

8 - Interactive Exercises with ChatGPT

Practising guided exercises is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with ChatGPT and learn how to effectively communicate with the model. Here are some interactive exercises that cover various use cases:

1 Brainstorming ideas:

Choose a topic or problem you would like to brainstorm ideas for. Ask ChatGPT to generate a list of ideas or suggestions related to the topic. For example:

Prompt: "Generate a list of 10 marketing strategies for a small online business."

2 Writing short stories:

Come up with a story concept or use an existing idea. Ask ChatGPT to write a short story based on the concept. You can provide character names, settings, or themes to guide the AI. For example:

Prompt: "Write a short story about a detective named John Smith solving a mystery in a small town."

3 Answering questions:

Practice asking questions on various topics, such as science, history, or technology. This exercise helps you understand how to phrase questions effectively and analyze the generated responses. For example:

Prompt: "What is the significance of the Rosetta Stone in understanding ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs?"

4 Generating conversational responses:

Write a conversational prompt with one or more participants and ask ChatGPT to continue the conversation. This helps you understand the model's ability to generate coherent and contextually appropriate responses. For example:

Prompt: "Alice: I'm thinking about adopting a cat, but I'm not sure which breed would suit me best. Any suggestions?"

When practising these exercises, remember to:

  • Be clear and concise in your prompts.
  • Experiment with temperature and max tokens settings to fine-tune the responses.
  • Rephrase questions or provide more context if the generated response is unsatisfactory.
  • Evaluate the generated content critically, considering the limitations of ChatGPT.

These interactive exercises can help you better understand ChatGPT's capabilities and limitations while improving your ability to communicate with the model effectively. As you become more experienced, you can explore more advanced use cases or combine multiple exercises to create complex scenarios.

9 - Integrating ChatGPT with Other Applications

ChatGPT can be integrated with various third-party applications to enhance functionality, provide AI-generated content, or facilitate natural language interactions. By using the OpenAI API or custom-built integrations, you can incorporate ChatGPT into chatbots, content creation tools, programming interfaces, and more.

1 Chatbots:

Integrating ChatGPT with chatbots can provide more natural and human-like interactions for users. ChatGPT can help answer user queries, offer recommendations, or provide conversational support. Examples of chatbot platforms that can be integrated with ChatGPT include Dialogflow, Botpress, and Microsoft Bot Framework.

Resources for integrating ChatGPT with chatbots:

2 Content creation tools:

ChatGPT can be integrated with content creation tools to assist with tasks like blog post generation, social media content, or marketing copy. By using ChatGPT's natural language generation capabilities, you can create engaging and relevant content for various platforms.

Resources for integrating ChatGPT with content creation tools:

3 Programming interfaces:

ChatGPT can be integrated with programming interfaces or code editors to assist developers with code generation, documentation, or problem-solving. Developers can receive AI-generated suggestions and solutions by leveraging ChatGPT's understanding of programming languages and concepts.

Resources for integrating ChatGPT with programming interfaces:

When integrating ChatGPT with third-party applications, always consider safety measures and privacy concerns. Implement appropriate content filtering, moderation tools, and data handling practices to ensure a secure and responsible AI integration.

By incorporating ChatGPT into various applications, you can harness the power of AI-generated content and natural language processing to enhance user experiences, improve efficiency, and unlock new possibilities in the digital world.

10 - Summary

In this mini course, we have covered the fundamentals of using ChatGPT, including:

  1. Introduction to ChatGPT
  2. Setting up an account
  3. Accessing ChatGPT
  4. Basic input and output
  5. Understanding and handling limitations
  6. Customizing the ChatGPT experience
  7. Implementing safety measures
  8. Interactive exercises
  9. Integrating ChatGPT with other applications

Throughout this mini course, you've gained an understanding of ChatGPT's capabilities, how to use and customize it effectively, and how to integrate it with various applications. You've also learned about safety measures, limitations, and best practices when working with ChatGPT.

Further resources:

To continue learning and refining your skills with ChatGPT, explore the following resources:

  1. OpenAI API documentation: The official documentation provides comprehensive information on using the API, parameters, best practices, and code examples.
  2. OpenAI Playground: The Playground is a web-based interface for interacting with ChatGPT and experimenting with different settings.
  3. OpenAI Community: Join the OpenAI Community to connect with other developers, share experiences, ask questions, and learn from the community's collective knowledge.
  4. OpenAI GitHub: OpenAI's GitHub repositories contain various tools, libraries, and resources to help you work with ChatGPT and other AI models.
  5. OpenAI Blog: The OpenAI Blog features updates, research papers, and insights about ChatGPT, AI safety, and related topics.
  6. OpenAI Forums and Social Media: Participate in forums, such as the AI Stack Exchange ( or the Machine Learning subreddit (, and follow OpenAI on social media platforms like Twitter ( to stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments in AI.

By leveraging these resources and engaging with the AI community, you can continue learning, refining your skills, and discovering new possibilities with ChatGPT and other AI models.

You have now gained a foundational understanding of ChatGPT, its capabilities, limitations, and best practices. This knowledge will help you effectively use and integrate ChatGPT in various applications and scenarios.

ChatGPT can be a lot of fun! You can use it to develop story ideas or ask questions about your favourite subject. And if you want to get really fancy, you can adjust the settings in Playground to make it more creative or give more extended answers.

The results should not be used verbatim, AI is useful when used responsibly!
Just remember, ChatGPT is there to help you, but you're still the boss!

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I've seen countless offers of ChatGPT prompts given away; honestly, they're pretty vanilla! Basic one-liners, which, of course, will be answered. But an answer like that is equally vanilla!

This prompted me (pardon the pun!) to write a manual on constructing and writing prompts based on my own research and learning on how ChatGPT works. For instance, did you know that you can have a 'conversation' with ChatGPT that will tweak and fine-tune the answer?
This and many other techniques will be discussed in this manual, which will be released soon!


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