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.

Top Tips to Be a Better Tutor

Top Tips to Be a Better Tutor

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

— Malala Yousafzai

We at Motee believe everyone is a tutor.

You don’t have to be a master in your field or a certified professor to tutor another college student. Let me share the tips I learned from my Genetics college tutor. Jennifer was a Biology major and a senior. She went beyond the normal TA and excelled as a college tutor. She earned a little extra money for college and improved her own understanding of Biology.

Here are a few tips I picked up from Jennifer. She’s a pro tutor. And a super smart biologist. Use these strategies to earn a reputation as a great tutor and make more money by attracting more students.

1. Message your student beforehand to make sure you completely understand the specific thing they need help with. Focusing on a small, specific task like homework help, or a specific difficult concept from the course, will help you use your time wisely.

2. Create a safe space. Find a public but comfortable location, like a library, coffee shop or common area. You need to strike the right balance for conversation and comfort. Too private can feel sketchy and too public can be distracting.

3. When you sit down to start your session, confirm the end-time with your student and make sure you both stick to it. It’s important to respect their time and they should respect yours.

4. Relax and be yourself.

5. Give space for a spectrum of emotions. Learning anything new is uncomfortable at first. Or at one million. This is the secret sauce. Let people feel what they need to feel. When they make the connection, discomfort will convert instantly to excitement.

6. Check in often with the student during the session to make sure they are keeping up. You’re an expert, so you may be moving too fast for your student who is taking a hard class. Students are usually stressed out and might not communicate their needs well. Practice patience.

7. Stay positive and enthusiastic – it will be contagious!

8. Praise the small steps. Jennifer let me know when the ideas were clicking. That kept me engaged.

Even though learning to be a great peer tutor can be challenging, it’s much more beneficial to the student than online tutoring or video tutorials. Tutoring also benefits the tutor by building communication and leadership skills and reinforcing complex concepts. Persist, and be rewarded.

Level-up Your College Achievement with a Peer Mentor

Level-up Your College Achievement with a Peer Mentor

Occam’s razor is blazingly simple problem solving. The best path to take is often the simplest. That might be the truest when it comes to traversing the trials, joys, and obstacles of university life. Connecting with a peer mentor in college makes a significant difference in your success during and after college. Why is such a simple idea so powerful?

What is a peer mentor?

Frodo and Samwise at Mordor

This person isn’t your best college friend. Those friendships are important – like Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee important. A peer mentor is usually a person who is also a student but just a bit further along their university path. They can relate to the struggles and successes because they are a little closer in age, campus community and academic subject. A good peer mentor supports and offers guidance. They give advice, make social introductions and share experiences.

A peer mentor lifts you up and keeps you supported

Growth takes time. It’s messy, hard, and full of anxiety. The transition into university life is often eased by connecting with a peer mentor. A peer mentor is a leader who helps create a sense of support. It’s like a belay line on a rock wall. There is an instant catch if the maneuver is too difficult. The peer mentor helps build confidence facing the new demands of college life. Recent studies show that companion mentors help students feel more motivated and self-assured, and less anxious. These benefits are especially helpful in a learning environment. Keeping the emotion mind small and the wise mind engaged is a key to successful learning. Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup Education, summarized the benefit of peer mentors this way: “Feeling supported and having deep learning experiences during college means everything when it comes to long-term outcomes after college.”

What does a college student do in the face of a hostile environment?

Many women or underrepresented minorities can attest that those spaces are real. Nilanjana Dasgupta has identified a solution: yes, you guessed it, peer mentors! Dasgupta likens peer mentors to “social vaccines.” Peer mentors offer a form of inoculation against the hostile environments some face in traditionally white male dominated disciplines, such as STEM fields. In the study, the participants with female mentors “felt more accepted by their peers and less invisible…They were more likely to think that their ability to overcome their academic challenges outweighed the stress and uncertainty they felt.”

Becoming your best self and landing a career that gives you purpose is the college prize. If there is one simple trick to getting the most out of your university time, it’s finding a peer mentor. Connecting with a peer mentor will help improve interpersonal skills and academic performance. Becoming your best self is a lifetime journey. Connecting with a peer mentor in college can make that journey epic.