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.

How is Motee different from the discussion boards my professors use for my classes?

Motee is completely student-driven and student-oriented. You don’t have to wait for a professor to set up a class discussion for you. You can do it yourself and share it with your classmates. You can set up a discussion for any subject, topic, campus group or event, club, sport, etc. The Motee Study Hall forums are not moderated by professors — students rule!

If it’s free to join Motee, are you selling my data?

Absolutely not! We will never sell your data and your information is private and secure on the Motee site. We earn money through selling small-scale ad space in the Motee Study Hall to local businesses interested in recruiting top students to future careers in their organizations.

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.

What TED Talks Have Taught Me About Collaboration

What TED Talks Have Taught Me About Collaboration

Collaboration is the secret ingredient of many of the world’s greatest innovations, works of art, and social advances. I’ve used TED Talks to research this blog post about collaboration. You can learn to take advantage of collaboration for better results in college. I don’t mean top marks. I mean a full-on, superbetter moment that will carry you forward.

Too often, we consider college coursework a solitary practice. You attend a class, research a paper, and read or practice homework problems alone. It’s time to consider a new strategy. In his TED Talk ,“The New Power of Collaboration,” Howard Rheingold tracks the way humans have used sharing to empower themselves.  Sharing is in your best interest.

Share the workload. Share your knowledge and skills with others. If you are good at proofreading papers, share that skill with your friends through tutoring. If you have an interesting connection but can’t get the words down, talk out your idea with a friend who can capture your thoughts into words. Peer tutor another student. Hire a peer tutor for consistent and relatable homework help. That’s not cheating. It’s using your collaboration capacity and it empowers everyone on the team.

We have to break the mythology of the single genius. There is no solitary genius. The process of collaboration is messy, iterative and interrelated. That’s ok and normal. And really, when in life is there a better environment for messiness than college?

The trick, according to Linda Hill in her TED Talk, “How to Manage for Collective Creativity,” is organizing the talents and passions of other people into work that is meaningful. Change from looking at your class work as a single endeavor. Find others who want to experience the class with a high grade or enjoy the classes subject and organize around that common thread. That is the “meaningful” component that will motivate everyone and produce top results.

Peer to peer networks redefine what friend and neighbor mean, explains Rachel Botsman in her TED talk. Collaboration improves the value of community. College maximizes the power of community. That design encourages peer to peer collaboration interaction.

It’s going to take a leap of faith. Trust is the social glue that binds our communities together.  College is a safe environment to explore the interplay between trust and reputation. That space lets complete strangers structure strong communities. Botsman calls this reputation capital.

Motee lets you build your reputation capital.  Express compliments and gratitude for your friends actions on campus. It’s an extension to your campus best qualities.

Everyone has the ability to share their knowledge or skills with someone else who needs them. I invite you to start sharing your skills with your friends and peers.  Enlist others to help grow your own skills. Collaboration is the one common ingredient that makes brilliant innovations and successes.  It is time to rethink college as a solo pursuit and embrace the power of collaboration.

Want to keep reading about the positive benefits of collaboration? Check out Tori Conange’s college lifestyle blog, Chase the Write Dream, and her thoughts on Motee. Or Ali In Bloom’s personal take on collaboration and motivation.

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?

mentor relationship

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.

What Motivates Team Motee

What Motivates Team Motee

Just what motivates team Motee? A few months ago, the Motee Team talked to students on six campuses in the Triangle about their experiences in study groups and peer learning relationships.

What Motivates Team Motee

What they told us inspired me. It was greater than motivation. It was a call to action. I heard students express that getting it right isn’t about a correct answer; it is about a meaningful exchange that creates the will to do. It is the pursuit and glorious self, wisdom or knowledge discovery. Those conversations generated a kind of energy. Each person expressed a desire to go beyond. To create. To be a part of something great.

Here’s some of what they told us. I see something remarkable. Do you see it too?

“Teaching is learning” Middlebury College – Computer Science major

“I figured out my first semester, first year, that having a study partner there to work with keeps me on task.” Meredith College – Economics major

“Right before Finals, I get in a study group and we split up the study guide sections and then come back together and compare notes. It makes me feel more driven and motivated.” UNC-Chapel Hill – Journalism and Public Relations senior

“I was never in a study group in high school, but I’ve been in some here. It makes studying more fun, and you learn more from others.” UNC-Chapel Hill – Biology/ English major

“I don’t really like to study in groups; it’s too distracting. But I LOVE helping others, especially in science labs.” Meredith College – International Business major

“Normally I like to study alone, but I like to collaborate in groups in my own field (Social Work/Psychology). I really like to be the group facilitator. It helps me make connections, feel included, and listen and think through things.” Durham Tech – Psychology sophomore

Writing this, I’m sitting in a wide open co-working space not unlike a library common room. Across the room I see people engaged in pursuit. Conversation. Sitting at tables. Quietly working out computer code, writing email, and drawing on whiteboards. Further across the room is a mural of a human in full space suit walking in space. Not far a large piece of the Berlin wall stands watch. People are engaged in their own higher endeavors.

When I glance at the astronaut walking in space or gaze at the Berlin wall monument. I know the distance it takes us to reach our goals. University students I see you. I see your ability. I see your willingness to reach beyond the ordinary and create something new. And I am motivated.