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.

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.

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!

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.