Motee FAQ

Motee FAQ

Is Motee free?

Yes! Motee’s great features, including sending encouraging messages called Motees, matching up with people in your major and classes, and becoming a peer tutor, are completely free. The only thing that costs money is to hire a peer tutor.

Is Motee available at my school?

Yes! Motee can be used at any 2 or 4-year college or university. You need a valid .edu email account to use Motee. If you have trouble registering, it might be because we have not added your school. Send us an email at [email protected] and we will add your school.

If you log in and don’t see your majors and minors listed, please email the Motee team at [email protected] and let us know which college or university you attend. We’ll get those majors and minors updated ASAP.

Do I have to apply or qualify to be a tutor?

Here at Motee, we believe that anyone can flex their skills to be a peer tutor. Motee tutors are peer validated, rather than qualified by external reviewers. Tutoring is a great learning experience and excellent preparation for the career world. While we don’t require Motee tutors to have specific qualifications, you can expect that your Motee profile will help other students determine if you are a good fit for them.

How do I sign up to be a tutor?

Once you register as a Motee user, go to the Tutoring page. It will ask you to fill in some additional details, including your PayPal address. Once you enter that info, you’ll receive a confirmation email and you’ll be all set to go. Once you’re a tutor, you can turn your Tutor availability on or off at any time.

flexible tutoring scheduleTutors earn $18 per hour. Here’s how the rate structure works: students pay $30 per hour for the session, and the Motee app pays 60% of that to the tutor. Tutors get paid approximately every two weeks, and no less than 48 hours after the conclusion of a session. The Motee Team will send payment to your PayPal address, which you provide when you register to be a tutor.

What can I do to help my child use Motee?

Tell them about Motee and how important it is to share with their friends. The more people who use Motee, the better it works!

And, the best thing you can do is add money into your student’s PayPal account for them to use for peer tutoring.

Note to Universities and Colleges

Motee is an open platform for every college or university student on any campus. We ask that community participants follow and conform to their college code of conduct. There are no requirements of the college or administration. Motee wants to add value to the students’ campus experience and be a supplement to the many resources offered on campus.

How to Get Started as a Motee Tutor

How to Get Started as a Motee Tutor

You signed up to be a Motee tutor — now what???

Here are some tutor tips to get you started:

Subject Area

First off, make sure you have selected a great subject area to tutor in. The big thing here is to choose a subject you feel pretty confident explaining or teaching. To add or change your tutoring subjects, go to the tutoring page:

Your Profile

Next, build your personal Motee profile with all those attributes that make you great. Maybe you are an excellent term paper editor, Spanish speaker, or chemistry wiz? Add your strengths and interests to your profile. It will help others see a complete picture of you and connect with you over similar interests.

Motees

This is a fun one: send and receive Motees to start getting your best skills to appear in your tag cloud. Instead of a star rating system, Motee is all about identifying real qualities that make you unique. Ask your friends to endorse you by sending you a Motee. And send one back! It feels good and they will appreciate it.

Advertise!

Very important!  Get the word out to people who want to find a local tutor. Post on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, and tag Motee (@moteeapp). This will make sure others are aware that you’re all set up and ready for business. Ask if your school has a local tutor list you can join. Craigslist is a viable choice. Post a postcard on the local coffee shop bulletin board or in your dorm common area. Think local. Make local connections.

Be Available

Here’s a hack: Use the “Available Now“ toggle when you have time for someone’s urgent question or immediate need. Sometimes people need spontaneous, unplanned assistance, like proofreading a paper that’s due, or getting through a tough homework math problem. You can always turn it off when you’re too busy!

Stay Safe

And don’t forget: set up your tutoring sessions in a public space, like a library or coffee shop. Make sure you are visible to others, and create a safe space for learning.

Be Respectful

Last, check out our Community Standards for other guidelines about how to create a comfortable and respectful learning environment for your tutoring services.

With some preparation and proactiveness, you’ll be a very successful Motee tutor!

Peer Learning: The Best Hack for Ultimate College Success and Beyond

Peer Learning: The Best Hack for Ultimate College Success and Beyond

peer learning for college successPeer learning can improve your child’s college experience and set them up for future success. Research conducted by Gallup-Purdue demonstrated a surprising and significant detail. Students who worked together as peer tutors, mentors, or in peer study groups gained more from their university experiences. If you want to see your child flourish after graduation, suggest they find a peer tutor and become a peer teacher themselves.

Peer to peer teaching

Peers have been helping colleagues or friends increase their grades and their level of understanding since Aristotle. I am sure you remember a classmate who had a knack for a subject. Or you may remember teaching a friend. That is peer to peer teaching. “Peer teaching is a method by which one student instructs another student in material on which the first is an expert and the second is a novice.”

Peer learning participants “are not merely teachers or learners, but are actually co-creating the learning context as a whole,” writes Charles Danoff. The peer learner/teacher context creates a more social safe place to share critiques, exchange ideas, and evolve into growth mindset. In simple terms, it is more comfortable and social to learn with a friend.

Better Student Performance

Several studies demonstrate higher test marks among students engaged in peer tutorial, in a wide variety of age ranges. One study reported that “participants showed higher academic achievement on unit tests, rated themselves as more satisfied with the class, were better adjusted psycho-socially, and frequently used their partner as a supportive resource in the course.”

By its nature, peer learning is active. Students respond to each other more socially, supportively, and collaboratively when learning together. The result is more stimulating for all the participants. Leif Bryngfors, head of the SI Centre at the Faculty of Engineering summarizes, “Students can achieve more than they think…They don’t have to worry about their performance being assessed, because there is no lecturer present; rather they can reflect on their own learning on their own terms. This ‘silent knowledge’ also strengthens students’ self-confidence.” Benefits of peer tutoring include a balance between grades, growth mindset, and social development.

Social Well-being

Peer to peer learning strengthens bonds between students and builds friendships around shared experiences. Students feel comfortable learning with a classmate or a friend of similar age and relatable experiences. Studies show peer to peer tutorial improves friendship bonds, team building, and collaboration skills. “Peeragogy suggests a broader view on thinking aloud: instead of traditional didactics, in a peer-based context, speech flows in a network, and thinking is done in an inherently social way.” The results allow students to feel more connected with their own agency and an increased sense of responsibility. Peer learning creates a support system. The students work together in cooperation to mentor each other. The relationship is an important process for learning how to network and build subject competency and self-direction.

Immediately Accessible

Peer learning is also more accessible to the student. Professors are often not available when a point of critical learning is present. Learning with peer tutors helps when the need is high and pressing. The Motee platform for university students works to create a tool to connect learners with one-on-one tutors at the point when some sort of obstacle arises. “It’s like asking to borrow a pen,” says founder Erika Williamson. “Seeing who is in your chemistry class or who had the course a semester before saves time. You don’t get side-tracked endlessly searching Google for a similar problem. It’s just boom – that person can help right now.”

Why should parents encourage their child to employ peer learning in college?

College is a challenge. Overcoming challenges requires a growth mindset. For most students college is the first time they are away and on their own. Encourage your child to find a peer tutor or become a peer tutor. It can create career experience, form strong social bonds that empower the students, and build role models and support structures that help your child succeed in life.

For more on the benefits of collaboration and surrounding yourself with positive people, read Ali In Bloom’s tips for surviving college.