Academic Support Programs

Our People

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Professional Staff

Ryan Burt, He/Him

Ryan Burt, He/Him

Director
(206) 685-5347
rburt@uw.edu

About me

Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.  

I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum.  Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.  

Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.  

Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends.  After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.  

Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!

Alli Botelho, She/Her

Alli Botelho, She/Her

Success Coaching Manager
botelhoa@uw.edu

About me

Growing up I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i which taught me about the values of community and family. From a young age, I learned so much from the community around me and strive to bring a compassionate heart everywhere I go.

In 2014, I decided to move to Seattle to pursue higher education and learn from a new community of people. I went to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) where I studied psychology and learned about subject areas that I was passionate about. My college experience taught me that in order to be successful in higher education, I needed the community of people around me. From being involved on campus in many different organizations that sparked my passions in sharing my culture, service, and event planning, I learned about the field of Student Affairs.

From there, I decided to continue my educational pursuit at Seattle University where I graduated in June 2020 with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Student Development Administration. During my time in the program, I had the opportunity to intern with Academic Support Programs, and I am excited to continue working with an amazing team and students! 

I value community, collaboration, and compassion where I believe that each person has their own strengths and that working together to achieve our goals truly makes a difference. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, trying new food places, binge watching tv shows, and working on new art projects. 

Please feel free to reach out, and let me know what I can do to best support you at the University of Washington! 

Lizzy Harman, She/ Her

Lizzy Harman, She/ Her

CLUE Program Manager
eharman@uw.edu

About me

Hello! Welcome to CLUE!

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to Oregon to attend Willamette University. While I always thought I would move back to the sunshine and ocean, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling where I quickly realized that while I had a passion for supporting folks through difficult transitions, I did not want to be a mental health counselor. I found Student Success and Advising at Western Oregon University and was able to work with students who were facing barriers to their education, going through tough transitional times, and provided academic support and a place for students to be heard.

Working primarily with first generation and low income students, I realized the importance of providing a community and supportive space for students to achieve success in college. When my husband and I decided to move to Seattle, I fell in love with the mission of Academic Support Programs and CLUE. I am looking forward to being a part of a community that is supportive of all students at UW and provides a space where it is okay and normal to ask for help.

My husband and I love the outdoors and take every chance we get to go hiking, rafting, skiing/snowboarding, or just enjoying nature. We have three cats, Marshawn (go Seahawks!), Emmitt, and Cleo who often make an appearance in Zoom calls as my lovely assistants. 

Please feel free to reach out and connect with me! I am here to support you in any way I can during your time at the University of Washington!

Student Assistants

Josh, he/his

Josh, he/his

Second Year Graduate Student, MA in Southeast Asian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies

I'm excited about

I'm excited about being able to help students get the assistance they need, making sure everybody feels comfortable and welcomed in a space dedicated to creative and intellectual expression. Seeing students come back over the course of an academic year and seeing the way their questions change is something I really enjoy as well--watching that transition from somewhat basic to more complex and insightful questions from students and really seeing their academic trajectory through what I can. I enjoy being Extremely Online™ in my time not working, in class, or studying. I've spent hundreds (if not thousands!) of hours playing some of my favorite video games, watching Korean dramas, listening to and discovering new music, and reading for leisure. Despite having spent so much time doing that, I also prefer walking or biking to wherever I can instead of driving: when I was in undergrad at NYU, I didn't have access to a car, but mostly got around New York City by walking or taking the subway. Not that having access to a car would have mattered anyway, because I've never learned how to drive!

Eli, They/Them

Eli, They/Them

Success Coaches

Eli, Reinstatement Coach, They/Them

Eli, Reinstatement Coach, They/Them

First Year Graduate Student, MPH in Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474754416

I'm excited about

Dungeons & Dragons, watching horror movies, listening to an ever-increasing backlog of podcasts

Ask me about

I was born in Tijuana and nearly all of my extended family is scattered across the western states of Mexico. I grew up in SoCal and the American southwest, and I'm always on the lookout for the best authentic Mexican food. I'm not really great at working with my hands but my wife got really into woodworking during quarantine and it has inspired me to finally learn more about things I've put off because I was intimidated. Hopefully it means that by next year I'll be one step closer to owning a motorcycle like I dreamed of when I was a kid!

Notable academic challenge

My mom graduated college in Mexico so I ended up having to navigate the entire college process on my own. When I first went off to college, I got really overwhelmed and my mental health took a dive. I had been struggling with anxiety since high school and wasn't able to ignore it as easily while in college. It wasn't until I failed several courses that I realized I could withdraw from university and take a break. Having that time to reflect on my strengths & weaknesses, as well as build support systems, was really valuable and helped give me a solid foundation when I returned to school. While I still experienced challenges in academia, I was now willing to ask for additional help when I needed it.

Joey, He/Him

Joey, He/Him

Sophomore, Bioengineering

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474752609

I'm excited about

Longboarding, watching football, cooking (but not baking), playing with my dog

Ask me about

I've lived in the Seattle area for the majority of my life, along with short stints in Arizona and China. Coming from an immigrant family, college was both exciting and daunting for me, and I'm excited to share with you all of the experiences and strategies I've picked up along the way. I love meeting new people and hearing about their experiences - I'm excited to meet you!

Notable academic challenge

During this past summer, I took Physics 123, hoping to finish out the Physics 12X series on a strong note. I thought that since I had done well in the previous classes of the series, I'd be able to do well in this class using the same study strategies. After taking the first midterm, I was shocked to see that I had scored a 62% on the exam. Although demoralizing at first, this became a wake-up call for me to adapt my study strategies. I started trying out new study techniques, going to my professor's office hours every week, and utilizing CLUE tutors to understand the material as thoroughly as I could. Physics 123 ended up being one of my most challenging classes at UW, but it was well worth it for what it taught me, both in and outside of the classroom.

Kassie, Graduate Student Coach, She/Her

Kassie, Graduate Student Coach, She/Her

First-Year Graduate Student, M.S. in Occupational Hygiene, School of Public Health

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474752009

I'm excited about

Playing basketball, juggling, painting, and watching too many cooking shows

Ask me about

Hello! I graduated with my BA in Public Health-Global Health and I am working towards my MS in Occupational Hygiene here at UW. As a first-generation college student, navigating the university hasn't always been easy, but I am excited to share my strategies and get a chance to help other students.

Notable academic challenge

Throughout high school and the first two years of college, I never considered myself "good at STEM classes." My major requires that I take a certain amount of Chemistry and Biology, and I was terrified. For my first exam in my Chem 120 class, I got 20 points below the average and I thought it just cemented that I would never succeed in any type of medical or scientific field. I didn't have a single friend in the class and I felt so alone and behind everyone else. I decided since I had nothing to lose, I would do the unthinkable, and actually do practice problems from the textbook every night. I studied nightly, even when the next test was weeks away. I also went to my TA's and professor's office hours for the first time in my college career and they would literally do every Lab Report problem with me step-by-step. I ended up a 3.4 for my final grade and now I have been admitted to a Masters of Science program here at UW for next fall. After realizing that I wasn't "bad" at STEM and that it just took a little more effort and resources, I found that I actually enjoy those classes the most.

Maya, She/Her

Maya, She/Her

Senior, Asian Studies

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474759271

I'm excited about

Reading, drinking bubble tea, playing League of Legends with friends, watching figure skating

Ask me about

I am a senior majoring in Asian Studies with a minor in Statistics. I was born in Australia but moved to Iowa when I was 5. I love being able to help others whether it be leading by example, giving advice or volunteering. I can't wait to meet you!

Notable academic challenge

Going into college I honestly had no clue about what I wanted to do in the future. If you read my career goals up above, they are very vague because I am unsure about what is in store for me. Originally, I wanted to major in Economics and took a lot of Econ classes. However, I realized that Econ was not the best path for me and I did not find myself enjoying my classes. I switched majors fall quarter of my junior year to International Studies, and have found myself a lot happier with this new path. Switching majors junior year is very late, for many students are already in their majors by their sophomore year. But do not worry! It is definitely possible and I am on track to graduate. It is okay to switch majors and it is okay to not be in a major as soon as you would have hoped. Take time, explore new ideas, and find something that makes you happy.

Maddie, She/Her

Maddie, She/Her

Senior, Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474758477

I'm excited about

I enjoy listening to music, long boarding, painting, going to new and exciting places, being outside, and finding new recipes to try!

Ask me about

I am going into my third and last year at the UW and, in addition to my major, I am minoring in Political Science and Environmental Health. I truly enjoy learning about new things and new topics, being around friends and family, being an activist in the issues I care about, and eating yummy food.

Notable academic challenge

I was interested in taking the Business major route when I got to UW, but I realized in my first year it was not for me. Once I found out about the Food Systems major, I was thrilled and automatically started pursuing that route instead. It was such a great decision for me to have made and I am thankful I found my true passion!

Linh, She/Her

Linh, She/Her

Junior, Philosophy and Psychology

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474755620

I'm excited about

Dancing, cooking, hiking, binge watching shows and trying out new restaurants with my friends and family

Ask me about

I am an international student from Vietnam working towards my BA in Philosophy and Psychology. I have a passion for learning, helping other people and getting more involved in the community. As I was once a shy and confused freshman at UW, I understand how difficult it could be to navigate through college. However, I believe I have gained lots of experience as well as learning strategies throughout my time at UW and I am really excited to share and support your journey!

Notable academic challenge

Despite the fact that I have always wanted to do law, I never learned about it until I took LAW 100 in my first quarter at UW. I thought I was doing really well since I found the class to be super interesting. However, I only got 60% on my first Midterm and it was below the class average. I was devastated because of the fact that practicing law may not be for me. I decided to come to office hours with the mindset that I might be able to argue for my responses. The result was not as I expected, but I learned to accept my grade and learned how to do better on my final exam; perhaps not the materials, but the skill for answering multiple choice questions. During my final exam, I utilized the full three hours, used that newly learned skill and I earned 95% with only one question wrong. It was the happiest day of my entire freshman year and I was really proud of myself. This experience taught me to trust myself and never again let one bad grade determine my ability.

Gracie, Transfer Student Coach, She/Her

Gracie, Transfer Student Coach, She/Her

Senior, Integrated Social Sciences

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474753448

I'm excited about

When I am not studying (which is all the time) I like to bake, play games with my family, go on bookstore dates with my partner (pre-covid), watch Parks and Rec, and do arts and crafts!

Ask me about

As a transfer, first generation college student I believe that students need to support each other and learn from one another. As a success coach my advice comes from my own personal struggles and failures within academics.

Notable academic challenge

My most notable academic challenge was during my first quarter of college when I failed 2 classes. These failures were not due to a lack of academic understanding but rather a result of lack of prioritizing myself and my health. Once I focused on my self care and trying out different academic paths I learned what worked for me and was able to get back on track!

Lyda, She/Her

Lyda, She/Her

Senior, Public Health-Global Health (B.S.)

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/474756882

I'm excited about

Cooking, exploring new food places, paddle-boarding in Lake Union/Greenlake, hiking

Ask me about

Hi friends! I am a second-generation Iranian-American undergraduate working towards my Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Global Health with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences. I am an aspiring Pediatrician and Community Outreach Specialist very passionate about the intersection of contemporary medicine and inequities in maternal and child health. I am very excited to assist in your development of effective study strategies and meaningful goals that will guide your journey in achieving your personal and career aspirations! Having minimal connections in the city has encouraged me to become resourceful and willing to discover new learning opportunities and strategies to improve my academic mindset, all of which I am excited to work alongside with you all on!

Notable academic challenge

In my first quarter of freshman year, I took Chemistry 142 to fulfill a Public Health-Global Health admission requirement. Chemistry was my strong subject, and I decided to utilize study strategies I developed in my Running Start Curriculum that previously correlated with successful results. Upon completing my first exam, I received a 65%, which was only slightly above the average. This score made me feel extremely discouraged because I was nervous that it would derail my aspirations of becoming a doctor. From this experience, I adopted a new study strategy that involved rewatching lectures on Panopto to catch any missed information, and inquired with instructors about confusing concepts. With these new strategies, I scored a 90% on my final and even finished the class with a 3.6 GPA. Although failure is inevitable to avoid, developing a positive mindset and understanding that the obstacles we overcome are necessary milestones is important in achieving personal and academic goals.

CLUE Front Desk Managers

Ingrid, she/her

Ingrid, she/her

About me

I believe that each student has the ability to succeed, and that a productive learning environment will help as many students as possible realize this ability. I can facilitate student learning by supporting tutors to ensure each session runs smoothly, whether this means resolving tech issues, relaying communication from students to tutors, or helping tutors find solutions to other problems. I will also strive to maintain an environment conducive to student growth by making CLUE a welcoming place for all students.

Shreya, she/hers

Shreya, she/hers

About me

Hello my name is Shreya and I am an intended Neuroscience/Biology major here at UW. I am excited about meeting all of the amazing people that come to CLUE! I love watching Korean drama shows. So ask me about my favorite one when we meet!

My aim as a tutor would be to develop a student’s ability to think on their own feet and help them become independent thinkers by aiding them in asking the right questions. This would involve discussions, novel problems, analysis, and self-evaluation. My focus would be on making the student ready and motivated to tackle any situation thrown at them. Being an FDM means I get to support the students in any way I can, be it finding the zoom link because I think even small things can bring us a lot of anxiety and addressing/acknowledging this makes the students feel heard.

 

CLUE Tutors: Chemistry

Ganling (Lead), he/him

Ganling (Lead), he/him

Senior, Psychology and Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry

I'm excited about

all the biochemistry parts related to cells

I've taken

Chem 120, 220, 221, 142, 152, 162 O-chem 335, 336, 337, 241, 242, intro bio series, physics 121 and 122 and psychology courses

Ask me about

playing soccer and playing board games

Notable academic challenge

When I was taking physics 121, I struggled with doing well on the exams and got the worst grade that I ever had at UW. I decided to improve my studying methods and put in even more effort in 122 and ended up with a better grade.

Tutoring philosophy

I want to help students become critical thinkers where they develop their own learning strategies and better their overall knowledge to succeed in the classroom environment. I believe students gain the most from an active learning and teaching relationship. Because I am a student as well as a tutor, I understand their position. We will learn from each other and strive to expand our knowledge as we overcome challenges together.

Kiersten (Kikki), she/hers

Kiersten (Kikki), she/hers

Junior, Neuroscience, minor Global Health

I'm excited about

Organic reaction mechanisms

I've taken

AP Chemistry (CHEM 142-162), CHEM 237-239, CHEM 241-242 I can also help with:  BIOL 180-220, BIOL 355, GENOME 371

Ask me about

traveling, hiking, playing/watching soccer, listening to music, finding the best cafes for studying

Notable academic challenge

My freshman year I took physics 122 and had done really well all quarter so I had a solid grade going into the final. However, because of my grade I didn’t study that much and prioritized other classes instead of spending the time on physics that I should have. I got a much lower score on the final and ended up decreasing my grade in the class way more than I expected. Since then, I have learned that it’s not smart to coast in a class and that it’s important to study for all your finals, even ones where you feel confident in the material.

Tutoring philosophy

My goal is to help students develop critical thinking skills that they can use to tackle new and challenging problems. Chemistry is a difficult subject, so one way I plan to help is by working with students to break down tough topics into more easily understandable parts. I also hope to encourage students to ask questions and engage with the material so that they can come away with more knowledge and tools to continue independent learning.

Natalie, she/hers

Natalie, she/hers

Junior, Disability Studies and Biochemistry

I'm excited about

Organic Compound Synthesis, Chemical Bonding, Stoichiometry

I've taken

CHEM 142-162, CHEM 237-239, CHEM 241-242, BIO 180-220, GENOME 361 I can also help with: Biology

Ask me about

Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Reading, Volunteering, Golfing, Playing with my Pets

Notable academic challenge

During Spring of 2020 (the first online quarter), I failed the first exam of Biology 220. I had spent hours preparing for this exam and taking this exam, so when I got my final results it was really hard to understand. This class was really important for me to get into my major, so I was really disappointed. For the rest of the quarter, I spent more time studying, changed how I was studying to adapt to online, and talked with my peers and others. I ended up improving my grade by a full GPA point from the first grade projection in the class. This taught me how to adapt to different professors' classes and work even harder to achieve my academic goals.

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is rooted in that the most successful tutoring occurs when a strong tutor-student relationship is established from the beginning and there is an accessible and inclusive environment. I believe that tutoring effectively requires a mutual trust and respect which empowers a more dynamic conversation in which the student can freely ask questions. My goal for tutoring is to understand each student’s different learning style as well as support amore confident learner.

Karen, she/hers

Karen, she/hers

Senior, Biochemistry and Microbiology

I'm excited about

I really enjoy biochemistry and any topic that gives me insight into the machinery of life. I also enjoy parts of organic chemistry such as learning reaction mechanisms and how to synthesize chemicals.

I've taken

Honors Gen Chem (CHEM 145/155/165), OChem + Lab (CHEM 237/238/239 + 241/242), Honors Biochem (BIOC 450/451), BIOC 442, Physical Chem (CHEM 452/453) I can also help with:  biology (especially molecular) and microbiology classes, or intro genome classes.  

Ask me about

I love reading fantasy novels and playing video games.

Notable academic challenge

One of the classes I took ended up having its entire grade determined by the final. As it was an elective, I didn't study seriously enough for it and ended up receiving a low grade in the class. I was definitely more aware of managing my study time around finals in future quarters!

Tutoring philosophy

My goal as a peer tutor is to bridge the gap between what professors teach in class and what students learn from it. I wish to foster independent learning in students, which means the way I tutor will be designed to encourage students to figure out answers for themselves. I will accomplish this by asking them to explain their thought process for problems and to show me the work they have done so far. Based on that information, I can then provide the concepts and guidance needed to nudge them in the direction of the solution.

Irika, she/her

Irika, she/her

Senior, Biochemistry, Biology MCD double major

I'm excited about

Thermodynamics

I've taken

Honors gen chem (CHEM 145/155/165), Honors OChem (CHEM 335/336/337), Honors OChem lab (CHEM 346/347)--[also] currently liking organic chemistry and basic molecular biology; Intro Bio (BIOL 180/200/220), BIOL 355 I can also help with: BIOC 44X, BIOC45X, Genome 361, BIO180-220, BIO355

Ask me about

[For fun, I like to] read, rockclimb/boulder, Taekwondo+Arnis, make coffee, sketch

Notable academic challenge

Probably my math 126 final. I did pretty well on the midterms and quizzes which made me overconfident while studying for the final exam. I missed a big question that was almost exactly on the previous year's test. When I saw it while practicing, I thought I knew how to do it and didn't work it all the way through. My math 126 grade was not what I hoped it to be, but it was my first quarter at the UW and I learned to study better even in classes I thought I would be fine in.

Tutoring philosophy

Truly learning material requires understanding and patience, which is difficult in a field as broad as chemistry. However, it is important for students to understand the content as a whole, and I hope to encourage a more holistic view of course material by connecting concepts and explaining material in a way unique for each student’s learning style so they remember the theory. While it is often easier to memorize questions, numbers, and equations, I will also work to further understanding of the actual content so that it can be applied in new and interesting ways. Narrowing material down to equations prevents it from being interesting and leads to limited understanding. As a tutor I hope to foster interest in chemistry by teaching in a clear fashion and remaining enthusiastic about the various topics.

Nate, he/him

Nate, he/him

Senior, Biochemistry

I'm excited about

Organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms, protein-protein interactions

I've taken

CHEM 145, 155, 165, 237, 238, 239, 241, 242, BIO 180, 200, MATH 124, 125, 126.   I can also help with: Phys 121, Phys 123, ATM S 211

Ask me about

Hiking, kayaking, salsa, and bachata.

Notable academic challenge

My biggest academic failure so far was in math 126. I scored well below average on the first midterm. I was struggling to grasp the concepts so after the first midterm I frequently went into the study center and got help from the TA's. I scored much higher on the second midterm and final exams and my final GPA in the class was good.

Tutoring philosophy

Learning occurs when a person leaves a situation with a better understanding than they had initially. This occurs in all aspects of life- not just a tutor-student situation. When it is a tutor's responsibility to evoke learning, they must guide the student in areas where they need assistance and encourage them to work independently or with their peers as often as possible. The ultimate goal of a tutor is for their students to reach a point where they are able to achieve their goals without the help of a tutor.

Sandija, She/Her

Sandija, She/Her

Senior, Biochemistry, minor in Chemistry

I'm excited about

Latvian folk dance, making stickers, bullet journaling, rollerskating, painting, and lighting candles

I've taken

CHEM 145-165, CHEM 237-239, CHEM 241-242, BIOC 450,451,442

Ask me about

Quantum, organic chemistry, biochemistry

Notable academic challenge

I scored below the curve on the first 2 midterms of MATH126 because I was focusing too much on my other classes. For the final, I put in extra effort into planning my time better and restudied earlier midterm material, resulting in a high enough grade to pull my GPA out of the swamp.

Tutoring philosophy

As a tutor, I want to help students develop a set of tools and techniques for further use when approaching challenges of any difficulty. I wish to encourage a growth mindset in my tutoring practice, so students know that it is okay to make mistakes, and that they are crucial for the learning process. Through assessing each student’s existing knowledge, I will adjust my approach to helping them. By working with many different types of students at CLUE, I will learn how to work with different learning styles, and by doing so, will then be able to more adeptly help anyone who comes in for tutoring. I hope that after working with me, students will have confidence in their own abilities, and therefore be more comfortable approaching complicated topics on their own.

Vidha, she/her

Vidha, she/her

Junior, Biochemistry/ Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology

I'm excited about

Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry.

I've taken

Chem 142, Chem 152, Chem 162, Chem 335, Chem 238, Chem 239 I can also help with: Phys 114, Phys 115, Phys 116 and Math 126

Ask me about

Knitting! I'm still a beginner but I like trying different knitting projects.

Notable academic challenge

When I was first taking organic chemistry, I would be on top of all the studying and read the chapter and do problems beforehand. I felt the most prepared for OChem and expected to ace the test. But when I would get my midterm scores back, I would score below average consistently. I would get so discouraged and didn't understand how I could do so poorly after studying so hard. Then I analyzed my studying techniques and realized I was just passively learning and not stopping to think about the questions I missed. After reflecting and trying to actively learn, I started to do much better in OChem.

Tutoring philosophy

My focus is making chemistry more digestible for everyone and reducing the stigma of chemistry being a skill that is innate within people. My learning strategy is drawing from personal experience and using analogies we see in our daily life will help students break down chemistry. By using their own experiences to understand concepts, I intend the students to then to form a game plan for any problem encountered. As a tutor, I emphasize the journey of finding a plan to solve a problem more than the final answer itself.

CLUE Tutors: Fab Four

Katelyn, Biology Tutor, she/hers

Katelyn, Biology Tutor, she/hers

Senior, Biology-Physiology; Psychology

I'm excited about

I love all things dealing with human anatomy and physiology, vertebrate physiology, biomechanics, and cellular mechanisms.

Tutoring philosophy

My main objective is to create a safe environment that encourages a growth mindset of learning through continued support and provided opportunities for improvement. I aim to help students think analytically about biology rather than passively absorb information by providing them with novel situations that require higher level application of topics. Success should be measured by personal improvement rather than standardized test scores or comparison to others, and my tutoring should provide the support needed to foster that mindset. Overall, I hope to increase student’s confidence in biology, allow them to grow as analytical scientists, and through this, be able to grow in similar ways myself.

Sky, Econ Tutor, He/him

Sky, Econ Tutor, He/him

Graduate, Economics

I'm excited about

Political Economy

I've taken

Applied Micro, Econometrics, many others

Ask me about

Reading, language learning, traveling

Rishabh, Computer Science Engineering Tutor, he/him

Rishabh, Computer Science Engineering Tutor, he/him

Junior, Computer Science

I'm excited about

I love logical reasoning. Computer programming enables me to use logical reasoning to design and build solutions that have varied applications.

Tutoring philosophy

As a CSE tutor, I want my students to enjoy learning CSE. CSE can be frustrating a lot of times, but I want students to feel the happiness and satisfaction one feels after finally achieving the desired output after spending hours coding and debugging a project/assignment. I will guide students towards achieving this output ensuring that they understand what I’m trying to teach and that they gain sufficient knowledge to not need my help in the future. CSE cannot be learned if I as a tutor directly provide students with the solution, I will only guide students towards this solution by asking them effective questions that take them towards the answer. Every student and every situation is unique, so I will be flexible with my teaching techniques and react differently to each situation.

Heather, Statistics Tutor, she/hers

Heather, Statistics Tutor, she/hers

Masters, Statistics

I'm excited about

Attempting to summit Mt Rainier next year!

I've taken

STATS 311, PHRMCY 514 (biomedical stats), CHEM E 436/437 (Stats for chemical engineers) I can also help with: All things chemistry!

Notable academic challenge

An event that I considered an academic failure was when I first transferred from community college to undergrad. I was not doing so well in my classes like I was before due to the major changes in environment and classroom teaching styles. My grades plummeted, but I studied even harder. After I got into the groove of things and into my major of choice, Chem E, I started to become a better student academically and socially.

Tutoring philosophy

My teaching method is to guide students to the right path to understand the concepts needed to form their own conclusions and facilitate their understanding. My attitude towards the student is to be patient and empathetic to maintain a professional and friendly relationship with the student. I will constantly strive to improve my teaching and look for ways to improve as a teacher. There is always room for growth as a person and as a tutor.

CLUE Tutors: Math

Gianluca (Lead), he/him

Gianluca (Lead), he/him

5th year, Mathematics, minor in AMATH

I'm excited about

Manifolds, they are beyond POGGERS. Probably some of the coolest things in math, and I will not stop talking about them if asked.

I've taken

Math: 134/5/6, 334/5/6, 394, 402/3/4, 424/5/6, 441/2/3, 480 (Fourier Analysis), 544/5. I can also help with: AMATH

Ask me about

Hike, play video games, wipe endlessly on mythic bosses, watch anime, eat out, and hang out with friends. Pop off and talk about math.

Notable academic challenge

During Math 335, I started to not take the class as serious as I had been, and started being really lazy when it came to studying for that class. In the end, during the second midterm it really showed, to myself especially, that I truly had no understanding of what I was learning. I don't mean the you're-reading-the-textbook-and-you-have-no-clue-what-it-means-and-you-somehow-understand-it-later thing. I mean, I legit had no clue what was that material. That catastrophe stuck with me, and I ended up pulling my act together, not in time for the end of 335, but definitely for Math 336, and I performed better and I understood more.

Sparsh, he/him

Sparsh, he/him

Sophomore, Computer Science and Mathematics

I'm excited about

Linear Algebra, Probability Theory, Real Analysis, Geometry and (obviously) Mathematical reasoning

I've taken

MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136, MATH 300 I can also help with: PHY 121, CSE 142, CSE 143, CSE 143X

Ask me about

I love cooking (alone and for myself), reading books (by the likes of MFK. Fisher, Roald Dahl, Terry Pratchett, Enid Blyton, and whoever else I can either get my hands on or is strongly recommended by my sister), and definitely going out on long walks with my camera in hand, music in ear, photographing whatever locale I happen to be in.

Notable academic challenge

I had glanced through the textbook of the Phy 121 before the quarter started and concluded that I had done all of it in high school and thus wouldn't need to devote as much time each week to it. Lectures went smoothly and so did the initial assignments. I aced the first midterm and then decided that I needn't even spend time outside of class. Midterm 2, no surprises here, went horribly. With barely two weeks before finals and a hell lot of work, I somehow got through it by pulling in all-nighters and barely sleeping at all. Even though I managed to get a decent grade, it wasn't worth that hassle. I could have possibly done better by studying consistently and regularly rather than dismissing it altogether at the outset

Tutoring philosophy

Tutoring entails more of asking questions rather than providing answers so that students, for the most part, solve their problems by themselves. My tutoring philosophy focuses on enabling the student to become better learners, providing them with the necessary tools and background so that they may seek answers by themselves. This, I believe, helps in learning the value of independent studying and fosters critical thinking, encouraging them to practice and regularly assess themselves to achieve a certain level of mastery of their chosen subject.

Jake, He/him

Jake, He/him

Senior, Mathematics

I'm excited about

I've been very interested in probability theory but I always love some good differential equations

I've taken

MATH 124,125,126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 394, 395 I can also help with: Up to ~200 level spanish

Ask me about

I love listening to and talking about music of most types although I mostly listen to Hip Hop, indie pop, EDM, and a little R&B. I like most outdoorsy stuff like hiking, swimming, camping, and skateboarding. I also play my fair share of video games and am a part of the PC building community. I'm pretty social although recently that has been nipped in the bud due to our dear friend covid. I also love to cook although I am still refining my craft.

Notable academic challenge

There was one quarter where I took MATH 300(introduction to formal mathematics) and 324 at the same time which as you might imagine, was not easy. Both classes ask you to think in ways that you are not used to with classic calculus focused courses. Early on I got quite frustrated with my MATH 300 work because it felt like every proof I wrote was just wrong somehow. The professor even ended up reaching out to me asking if I needed any additional help like outside of class or if there was something going on that was causing me to do so poorly. I was frustrated, partly because 394 was proving challenging as well and her reaching out really made me feel like I had just met my maker. No one likes being reassured that they actually are doing poorly and that it's not just a fluke. In my email back, for better or for worse, I expressed some of this frustration. After I sent the email I had that feeling of both vindication that I had been able to communicate what was bothering me, but also mixed with regret that I had vented to the wrong person. To my surprise, she took it extremely well, reassuring me that it was very common for students to struggle initially and that almost everyone figured it out by the end of the quarter. After all, that is sort of the point of education. She made some suggestions to me about what to do in my situation, some of which I heeded. I found a guy in my class that I bonded with over EDM and performing poorly on tests and ended up spending hours in the library with him going over proofs and helping each other through this tough class. In the end, after a long final study session in the library and a bowl of homemade ramen, we both ended up exceeding our expectations wildly on the final and passed the class with a better grade than I would have ever expected. I would say there are two major takeaways from the experience. It is important to ask for help when you need it, even if that means swallowing your pride, and sometimes, just saying something outloud does more to help you process it than writing it down a hundred different ways ever could.

Tutoring philosophy

Learning to me does not mean the acquiring of knowledge in the applicable field, but rather an improvement of one’s ability to acquire knowledge within that field. Teaching therefore, must include subliminal (or otherwise) ways of strengthening the students ability to navigate the discipline they are studying. I use the word intuition often when I talk to students, because I think it communicates that a strong mathematical understanding is built on strong intuitions about difficult concepts. In order to truly learn something in a field of mathematics or truly anything else, I try to nudge their intuitions to a more helpful place, not just teach them how to perform the operation. By allowing students to self-identify and correct mistakes they leave more equipped to solve their own unique problems in the future.

Carmen, she/her

Carmen, she/her

Junior, Mathematics, minor in AMATH

I'm excited about

Linear Algebra and modelling

I've taken

MATH: 134,135,136,334,335,394,39 I can also help with: AMATH: 301,352,383, STAT: 311,390, HONORS, CSE: 142, 143, 373, 414

Ask me about

Hike, do stand up comedy, spend time with friends, go to the gym, dance, talk to new people, volunteer.

Notable academic challenge

During my first year at UW I didn’t prioritize my mental health at all, which resulted in having a very hard winter quarter that year. I forgot to take care of myself and my circumstances and it had a huge toll on my academics. I later reached out to on campus resources to help me deal with the personal situation I was going through and picked up since then. I definitely feel like forgetting to balance my academic life with my mental health was a big academic failure for me.

Tutoring philosophy

Teaching to me means connecting with a student through the common goal of learning. To achieve this, I trust in being understanding with their way of approaching a subject or tutoring session. This leads me to firmly believe that the diverse perspective that each person brings to the table is a valuable key to tutoring, using the tools that a student already has. I also believe that patience and respect are completely necessary to building a connection with a student to be able to have a fruitful conversation to address whatever questions they may have. I am passionate about helping students build concept foundations from their own knowledge to be able to continue building forward on their own.

Melina, she/her

Melina, she/her

Junior, Mathematics and Marine Biology

I'm excited about

All things Calculus!

I've taken

MATH 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 327 I can also help with: Q SCI 381, plus any other marine biology classes!

Ask me about

I love art like painting and photography. Also love my bullet journal and taking care of my plants.

Notable academic challenge

In math classes, I often feel like I know the content before the class, leading me to not put in enough effort. This was especially rough in MATH 300. I thought I knew how to write a proof so I did not put the effort I should have into the homework. This became obvious after the first midterm. I was so shocked that I got such a low grade. I worked so hard before the final, studying proofs and all the homework, and even though I expected a bad grade, I have never been prouder of myself for using a final and a lot of hard work to pull my grade up. I got almost a full grade point higher than I expected after the first midterm.

Tutoring philosophy

Learning is not just getting the problem right, but understanding the deeper concept to a level that can be applied to any problem. Teaching is not about telling the answers, but rather about guiding the student through the right process to the answer with a deeper understanding. This is the goal in tutoring--to not help the student answer every question but to have them answer a question with understanding that can be applied to every question.

Kaylene, she/her

Kaylene, she/her

Senior, Mechanical Engingeering

I'm excited about

Anything related to derivatives, volumes of revolved solids, linear span

I've taken

Math 124, 125, 126, 307, 308, 324 (currently) I can also help with: Chemistry 142, 152 and Physics 121, 122, 123

Ask me about

I like to play soccer, watch cooking videos, and write on my food blog

Notable academic challenge

I was doing horribly in Physics 122 and was doing well below average on every single test despite trying my hardest. Each test I would study harder, but then do worse than the last. Luckily, tests are not everything and despite my horrible test grades I completed all of my other assignments on time and still managed to scrape by with a passing grade!

Tutoring philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to create an energetic, supportive, and optimistic learning space. My goal is to have my teaching environment foster growth and resilience in all students by acknowledging differences in individual learning methods. Learning is the process of understanding a new concept and how it can be applied to other contexts. Therefore, my goal for students is for them to develop confidence in how to solve a problem via a thorough, conceptual understanding. I believe that learning is a very vulnerable and frustrating process, and so teaching with a positive attitude can motivate and encourage students to remain determined to stay the course.

Michael, he/him

Michael, he/him

Sophomore, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Applied Mathematics

I'm excited about

Partial Differential Equations

I've taken

Calculus 124-126. Multivariable calculus, linear algebra, differential equations. AMATH 301, 352,353. I can also tutor chemistry (142,152

Ask me about

For fun I like to go hiking, kayaking, and explore the city. I also enjoy reading (especially Fantasy like the Wheel of Time), rocketry, and robotics

Tutoring philosophy

I strive to create lifelong learners out of students by giving them the tools to become independent learners. I wish to encourage mastery and competency by instilling in them the critical thinking skills needed acquire mastery in mathematics. I will do this by creating visualizations for the student to follow and replicate when doing their own problems. I also hope to break down the problems into logical steps so that students can use a similar process to solve more complex problems. Using these methods and approach to learning I can foster a positive attitude towards learning and give students the skills to succeed.

Jonathan, he/him

Jonathan, he/him

Senior, Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

Complex Analysis, Lagrangian Mechanics, Vector Calculus (Electromagnetism!), Partial Differential Equations, General Relativity, Stellar Theory

I've taken

Math 12X, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 394. Phys 12X, 224, 225, 227, 228, 321, 322, 329

Ask me about

Music, running, hiking, my cat Puma.

Notable academic challenge

I got really sick at the same time that I had my backpack, all my textbooks, and my laptop stolen from me sophomore year. I had to withdraw from the quarter, but I bounced back up again right afterward!

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is to promote a deeper understanding, mastery, and appreciation of mathematical concepts than provided by the typical classroom setting. I aim to target the “missing pieces” in one’s conceptual understanding of material, promoting targeted growth in a two-fold manner: first by explaining and encouraging relevant strategies for tackling specific homework problems, and second by demonstrating alternate and insightful explanations of the material itself. I hope this will cement one’s understanding of the content, helping one advance from being able to memorize and correctly apply formulas and processes to having an intuitive understanding of where those concepts come from, and why they are appropriate to use in a given situation.

Kristina, She/Her

Kristina, She/Her

Junior, Math, Minor in Statistics and Climate

I'm excited about

Linear Algebra & Abstract Algebra (for now)

I've taken

Math 126 300 307 308 340 380(second course of Linear Algebra) 324 327 424 I can also help with: CSE 142 143, STAT 311 390

Ask me about

Music, Basketball, Movies, Travelling, and Cats!

Notable academic challenge

At the beginning of the first quarter of my freshman year, I thought I would be working solely and completely on Math and not putting any attention on other classes, because I am so passionate in Math. However, in my Atmospheric Class, I get really into this subject of climate and global warming, which I ended up doing as a minor. Even though I did not fail the classes from subjects that are not Math, but life did teach me that I should open my heart to accept things that I am not familiar with and step out of my comfort zone.

Tutoring philosophy

The one characteristic that I always follow and practice while teaching is enthusiastic. Many people would argue that having a strong academic background to back you up should be the most important. However, my faith is that even if I do not know how to solve a problem, specifically a math problem, by having an enthusiastic heart, I can encourage students to discuss the problem with me, from which we both can learn a lot. Furthermore, by bringing enthusiasm into CLUE, I want to share my passion for math with students who need help with it and witness their growth throughout the process.

Matt, he/him

Matt, he/him

Graduated, Math

I'm excited about

Abstract Algebra, but I enjoy going full nerd on anything from unit conversion to Laplace transforms.

I've taken

Almost every math course! I can help with ACCT 215/225 and ECON 200/300. I can occasionally help with first year Physics as well.

Ask me about

Food

Notable academic challenge

I consider my greatest failure as not going to graduate school. I would like to have learned more computer science; that gap in understanding pursues me in my professional career.

Monty, he/him

Monty, he/him

Senior (2nd Year Transfer), Computer Science

I'm excited about

Any application of math from Physics to Econ. I find Linear Algebra and Differential Equations endlessly interesting, there's always a new application to discover!

I've taken

MATH 124, 125, 126, 307, 308, 324, AMATH 301, 352, 383 and CSE 311. I have also taken the PHYS 12x classes.

Ask me about

programming games; I particularly like messing with procedural generation and shaders. I also enjoy board games, bad lifetime movies, and gardening.

Notable academic challenge

My first quarter I turned in an essay for English six days late. I didn't think much of it, but if I had read the syllabus I would have known that each late day had a -10% penalty. Suffice to say, I didn't do very well in the class. From that I learned to keep a planner, be proactive and complete homework on time, and to always read, understand, and follow class expectations.

Tutoring philosophy

I am excited to work with all students to motivate confidence in their math skills and help students grow to understand how to work through their areas of concern. My goal for all students is to gain an understanding of the big-picture and fundamental ideas, and have the confidence to apply these ideas to solve theoretical or real world problems. In addition, I work to build a positive atmosphere and community to encourage students to help each other as they work through homework.

Shenwei, he/him

Shenwei, he/him

Junior, Chemistry (ACS), Mathematics, Physics (Comprehensive)

I'm excited about

I found differential equations and linear algebra quite enjoyable and helpful in higher-division courses in other departments. Group theory is also fun and comes handy in inorganic chemistry. I relish solving all sorts of math problems :)

I've taken

MATH 126, 307, 308, 340, 334/5, 402, 464, 480 (Fourier Analysis), AMATH 352 I can also help with: CHEM 312, 321, 416, 418, 422, 426, 455/6/7, 464, 485, 550

Ask me about

How about a few rounds of Gwent?

Notable academic challenge

Life taught me a pricey lesson when I failed to realize the importance of having a school-life balance. For a period of time, I concentrated solely on studying and paid little attention to anything else. Turned out this worked poorly, as you could imagine. It hurt not only my academics but also my physical health. Since then I have learned to make sure that I involve all necessary elements in my decisions, which is helping me perform well academically and in life. Slowly but surely, I am improving.

Tutoring philosophy

Students come to CLUE with varying learning styles, preparation levels, and academic backgrounds. As a tutor of math, I strive to cultivate a co-learning environment that embraces these differences and that will facilitate students’ mastery of difficult information. To effectively support you, I will try to accommodate your learning style and collaborate with you on working through problems. To help you not only solve the problem but also generalize the idea to relevant applications, I am able to provide examples with which I will guide you in interconnecting abstract concepts. Throughout the process, I also ensure that you feel comfortable with the material and with expressing any concerns over parts that are hard to digest. It is my hope that, after the session, you will be able to recognize and tackle similar mathematical problems and carry this enthusiasm beyond the classroom. I am more than excited to help and grow with you through the journey towards revealing the beauty of mathematics!

Tim, he/him

Tim, he/him

Junior, Mathematics

I'm excited about

I’m excited about pretty much anything to do with math

I've taken

Math 124,125, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, AMath 301, 352, 383

Ask me about

Numberphile/Standupmaths videos and all things German

Notable academic challenge

While taking Physics 121 I had spent the week before the final staying up super late studying, to the point where I couldn’t have gotten a good night’s sleep before the final even if I wanted to. I was so stressed out that I ended up sleeping through the first half of the test. I still did well in the class, but I never wanted to go through that experience again so I made sure after that to always prioritize sleep over last minute studying--I also learned to set at least 3 alarms before a final!!

Tutoring philosophy

As a CLUE tutor, my goal is to guide students through difficult concepts and problems to a full understanding of their desired mathematical topic. I provide a scaffolding support by reminding them of necessary foundations and asking them leading questions towards the solution. My aim isn’t to provide direct answers, but instead to help students find the answers themselves

CLUE Tutors: Physics

Cory (Lead), he/him

Cory (Lead), he/him

Graduated, Physics

I'm excited about

Finding ways to apply my physics problem-solving skills to the myriad of issues we face today

I've taken

Phys 121-123, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 321, 322, 324, 328, 329, 331, 429, Amath 301, Amath 402, the calc series, Math 307 and 308, and for some reason, an entire year of Introductory Latin.     

Ask me about

Music, immersive sims, environmental issues, gardening, permaculture, and memes.

Notable academic challenge

I had never been more confused in my life than when I took physics 329. Nothing about the material was particularly challenging once it clicked, but the way it was presented to us made me astrally project. I didn’t know what was going on, what the professor was saying, who I was as a person; I actually experienced ego death while trying to understand those lectures. The homework averages were really low for most of that class and my homework grades followed suit, but somehow, it all coalesced for the final (which was worth 55% of our grade) and I ended up with a 4.0. I still don’t quite know what happened that spring. .

Johnny, he/him

Johnny, he/him

Junior, Physics

I'm excited about

I am excited about the physics that helps illuminate how the world around us works! Basic electricity and magnetism, relativity, and quantum mechanics all can pique my interest.

I've taken

PHYS 121, 122, 123, 214, 215, 217, 218. Currently Taking PHYS 321, 324

Ask me about

I enjoy (trying) to play guitar, board games, sports with friends, watching anything Disney, and reading novels.

Notable academic challenge

I've had many! One academic failure that stuck with me was when I bombed CSE 143 my Freshman year. I had wanted a CS major and this was a pretty big disappointment to me. It took me a long time to get over it, and maybe I still am getting over it. Many academic failures followed but eventually I was able to grow in my time management skills and a better work ethic. It wasn't until my mentor from my fellowship group noticed I was struggling with school, and reached out to me to help me with my time management, that I started to address the reasons for my academic failures. Failure is tough...and it takes a while to get over it sometimes. It will be ok. Definitely reach out for help if you're struggling or just unsure about anything in general. And even if you're not struggling, reach out to someone to help you grow more in different areas. If you're at CLUE, that's a great start!

Gonzalo, he/him

Gonzalo, he/him

Junior, Physics and Applied Mathematics

I'm excited about

quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and condensed matter physics

I've taken

Physics 12x series, PHYS 224,225,227 and 228. Can also help with AMATH 301,351 and 383. 

Ask me about

I like hiking, biking and soccer. I love learning new things and a nice cup of coffee.

Notable academic challenge

While taking physics 121 on my first quarter at UW, I ended up failing my second midterm. I realized the issues I had managing my own time and I ended up with a good grade in the class thanks to the final. Since then I try to study for all my classes on a daily basis.

Tutoring philosophy

My main goal when I am tutoring is to help students develop critical thinking and their enthusiasm for the subject. I hope to encourage independent learning outside of the classroom with the use of interesting examples that show the applications of physics. As a tutor, I will help you find the answers to your questions by guiding you in the correct direction and trying to find an explanation that adapts to your strengths.

Yana, she/her

Yana, she/her

Graduated, Physics

I'm excited about

Quantum and Atomic Physics! Also quantum computation and its applications

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is consistent with definition: I believe that everybody can learn and develop their skills given appropriate guidance, which can only become appropriate after learning about the student and their background knowledge. In my tutoring practice, I make sure that the student feels competent to tackle the given problem by first complementing their necessary base knowledge and then guiding them through more difficult examples.

Aaron, he/him

Aaron, he/him

Junior, Computer Engineering

I'm excited about

Quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, energy & sustainability

I've taken

PHYS 121, 122, 123, currently taking PHYS 225

Ask me about

When outdoors, I like running, hiking, biking, and fishing. When I’m inside, I enjoy cooking and playing video games!

Notable academic challenge

For a technical writing class I took, the final assignment was a group project. It was difficult to collaborate on a written paper, so my group did the bare minimum without meeting or discussing much. We ended up getting a low score, and I have since learned to be proactive about organization and planning, especially when working with others.

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is based on the innate ability for any individual to accumulate knowledge. By giving students the problem-solving tools to build off of their own abilities, I hope to promote a lifetime of passion for learning. This approach requires a careful attention to each individual’s perspective and learning style.

Malisha, she/her

Malisha, she/her

Sophomore, Computer Engineering

I'm excited about

Classical and quantum mechanics

I've taken

Physics 12X Series, Math 12X Series, Math 307, Math 308

Ask me about

Reading, cooking new foods, eating, traveling, exploring the city, Netflix

Notable academic challenge

I took CSE 143 during my first quarter at UW. I found the content extremely interesting, but couldn't quite get a grasp on styling guidelines. I didn't pay it too much heed until I got back my first homework assignment. Let's just say, it wasn't great. I found it frustrating to not do well. But eventually I used the available resources for help and saw a significant improvement in my homework assignment and overall grade.

Tutoring philosophy

I am able to offer students a personalized approach to learning that works best for them. I like to help students through pictures, diagrams, and explanations accompanied by expressive hand motions. My goal is to clarify doubts, guide students in understanding difficult concepts and questions, and provide students the tools that promote independent learning.

Adit, he/him

Adit, he/him

Sophomore, Physics and ACMS (intended)

I'm excited about

Relativistic and Gravitational Physics, Quantum Gravity, Particle Theory, Vector Analysis, Topology

I've taken

Phys 12X series, Math 12X Series, Math 307, Math 308. Currently taking Phys 224, Phys 227, CSE 143X

Ask me about

I love to work out, play basketball and watch sports. NBA, EPL, Formula-1 anything. I also love binging watching Sci-Fi and thriller movies and TV shows. I’m pretty likely to strike up a conversation if it’s in any way related to Marvel.

Notable academic challenge

I tried to skate through my first quarter at UW thinking I had a relatively minimalistic workload. But soon my Psych 101 class, dubbed to be the easiest course at UW, caught up to me. Due to the wrong company and an inadvertent attitude, I ended up barely passing that course. It was from the next quarter I decided to live up to my potential and work hard to achieve that by constantly challenging myself.

Luke, he/him

Luke, he/him

Junior, Comprehensive Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

quantum mechanics, astrophysics, and cosmology

I've taken

Intro Physics series 12x, Physics 224, Physics 225, Physics 227, Physics 228, Physics 321, Astronomy 300, Astronomy 322, Astronomy 323, Intro Math series 12x, Math 307, Math 308

Ask me about

I love camping in dense forests and hiking along streams, besides astronomy, math, and physics I'm fascinated by evolutionary psychology and nearly all topics of history.

Notable academic challenge

One academic failure that I've faced at UW was my Math 124 grade, I got 2.5 and was devastated because it's a subject I love, I worked harder and learned from my mistakes which allowed me to improve my grade each Math class I took from there on.

Tutoring philosophy

My main goals in tutoring are; to nurture the student’s capacity to independently study, understand, and solve problems or concepts relating to the material they’re learning, this hinges on my ability to identify what issues the student may have, then address those challenges through cooperative efforts. My strategy in identifying the challenges posing the student starts with decomposing the problem methodically by asking questions about the problem and the concepts at play, while listening for when progress slows; by providing just enough help to allow them to continue on their own I make sure independent learning is nurtured, as progress continues I allow the student to work themselves tapering off my involvement gradually. Tutoring to help develop the student’s ability in a kind, patient, and effective manner is of paramount importance.

Andrew, he/him

Andrew, he/him

Junior, Physics

I'm excited about

Theoretical/mathematical physics, Quantum Information, Ultracold Atoms, Biophysic

I've taken

PHYS 224, PHYS 226, PHYS 324, PHYS 325, PHYS 334, PHYS 321, PHYS 322, PHYS 323, PHYS 328, PHYS 329, PHYS 331, PHYS 421, PHYS 422, PHYS 423, PHYS 429, PHYS 433, MATH 309, ASTR 321, ASTR 323, ASTR 425

Ask me about

Besides science itself, I'm also fascinated by its history and philosophy.I like talking about American and Russian literature.

Notable academic challenge

I had the tendency to get carried away by an interesting topic and spend most of the time exploring more theoretical and obscure aspects which typically had little to do with the class. Needless to say, that didn't help my exam performance at all. After a while I got better at filtering out the information and recognizing what's immediately relevant and what could be left for a later study.

CLUE Tutors: Writing Center

Hannah (Lead), she/her

Hannah (Lead), she/her

Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Linguistics

I'm excited about

Learning about the science of language and all of the physiological and psychological components of speech

I've taken

EDSPE 304 & 415, CSE 142 & 143, ASL 101, 102, & 103, ENGL 111 & 200, LING 450 & 461

Ask me about

As a native Ohioan, I love to take advantage of all the PNW has to offer, including hiking, skiing, and trail running. I also have three dogs and a cat back at home so I love animals of all shapes and sizes! Speech-language pathology, literacy, education Hiking, biking, reading, writing poetry, baking

Notable academic challenge

My freshman year, I took pretty much all of the 'weed-out' classes at once. At first, I was convinced I would be pre-med, but struggled in general chemistry. Then, I thought I was going to be a CS major and felt intense imposter syndrome in my classes. I had to work so hard to keep up because many of my classmates had years of experience over me. I was embarrassed to ask for help because I always seemed to ask the wrong questions. While I ultimately ended up choosing a different path, I know how isolating and challenging education can feel, and my goal is to offer support so that no one has to go through the process alone.

Tutoring philosophy

As a future speech pathologist, I believe that there is incredible power in exercising your individual voice, and I seek to help students do that through writing. I strive to offer support to students that is free from judgment and allows them to become the type of writer they would like to be, whether that writing is for academic, professional, or personal purposes. I aspire to use my active listening skills to give feedback based on each student's individual concerns, as well as honoring and recognizing how each student's identities bring unique funds of knowledge into the session and writing in general. I am incredibly passionate about making UW a more welcoming, inclusive, and supportive place, and one way that I do that is through tutoring.

Katelyn, she/her

Katelyn, she/her

Senior, Education, Communities, and Organizations

I'm excited about

I’m excited about learning intersectionality and social justice in our society and specifically education. I am also excited about interacting with other students while discussing topics related to English.

Tutoring philosophy

As a tutor, I want to create a safe space for students to be their authentic selves. I want the space to be a discussion and collaboration of ideas and for power structures to be dismantled. Writing is tough, and I want to help students who may struggle in this subject become independent and strong writers. My goal is to have students leave feeling confident and more prepared than when they arrived - and maybe enjoy writing along the way!

Stephanie, she/her

Stephanie, she/her

Sophomore, Psychology

I'm excited about

I'm excited about helping other students solidify writing skills that apply to all majors!

Tutoring philosophy

My goal is to help students develop the skills they need to thrive and succeed in any writing situation. As a tutor, I want to cultivate critical thinking and metacognition so students can access and implement strategies to strengthen their writing. I value conversation-based learning, so during sessions, I will ask questions to facilitate reflection and deeper thinking, and encourage students to voice their own ideas and concerns in addition to mine. Writing is a way to express oneself and should be enjoyable, so ultimately, I want every student to be confident in their skills and have fun during the writing process.

Evan, he/him

Evan, he/him

Senior, Political Science and Sociology

I'm excited about

I love helping people improve, whenever I can. The most satisfying feeling is watching someone, who had often asked for help, become totally self-sufficient in their work. Observing that growth in the people around me is something that I hope to actualize again at CLUE.

Tutoring philosophy

As a writing tutor, I believe that students should first and foremost reflect on the effects of their own writing – regardless of the writing issue at hand. If a student is adept at reflecting on the effects their own writing, they can analyze the perceived issues of their work and take steps to remedy them as individuals, identifying what kind of help they need to further improve. I hope to foster this way of thinking by generating a conversation with a student in a safe space but not becoming not too academic with it. I want to understand and support students’ writing as equals, and hopefully encourage a way of thinking that allows them to effectively reflect on their own work going forward.

Fernanda, she/her

Fernanda, she/her

Senior, English and ECO (Education, Communities, and Organizations)

I'm excited about

Within writing and English in general the part that interests me the most is the learning of the language as well as the strengthening of that language. Learning new ways to strengthen one's own command over a language whether it be learning new ways to write, widening one's own vocabulary, or even developing new writing styles is really fascinating to me. Language acquisition to me in general is pretty exciting and interesting as I love learning new languages!

Tutoring philosophy

I aim to engage with students in a way that will enrich their understanding and enable them to transfer the skills that they have learned into other areas. I also aim to incorporate the culture and background of the students I work with into the work that we do. Apart from this I also wish to learn from the students that I work with so that there is learning happening on both sides. Overall my goal is also to constantly keep checking the privileges that I hold as well as keeping in mind how the positionalities as well as my identities, play a role in the interactions I have with students.

Fleur, she/her

Fleur, she/her

Sophomore, Neuroscience (intended)

I'm excited about

Something that excites me the most about writing is how interdisciplinary it is. This is something that I really learned through the Honors Program, and is what I love the most about writing- it truly applies to almost every academic discipline there is. More specifically, I am really interested in research papers, especially science papers, as well as philosophy/ethics.

Tutoring philosophy

I believe that the first step to fostering talented writers is to develop their confidence with their own abilities while helping them to maintain a growth mindset. I strive to create a positive, open environment for my students to be vulnerable and critically reflect upon their writing and their writing skills. By asking lots of open-ended questions, emphasizing what I consider to be the highlights of their piece, and giving constructive criticisms, I hope to make my students comfortable enough to work on their writing skills and their writing in general, in a positive and supportive way.

Jessica, she/her

Jessica, she/her

Senior, Physics and Dance

I'm excited about

the collaboration between tutor and student, being able to support the student in whatever questions or concerns they have.

Tutoring philosophy

My goal in my tutoring practices is to eventually get students to a level of mastery from wherever they’re at when they first come in for a session. This can mean filling in learning gaps to get to where the student wants to be. I aspire to work towards creating a safe and collaborative environment so that the discussion between us helps them get the most out of our time. I ask a lot of clarifying questions to make sure the student is meaningfully gaining insight into their concerns about their paper; this allows me to gauge what kind of help they need next, whether it be more detailed explanations and examples or if they’re ready to use the connections we built in our session together in their own independent learning. I hope that the learning environment I create feels comfortable enough for students to bring up all their concerns with me without feeling judged and I strive to build a space for students to take what they learn in our sessions into future papers and assignments.

Connor, he/him

Connor, he/him

Senior, Business Administration

I'm excited about

I'm especially excited to assist my peers with professional development and business communication (resumes, cover letters, etc).

Tutoring philosophy

I endeavor to help students from all backgrounds and experiences feel confident in their writing and their style of writing. My goal is to tutor through recognition, appreciation, and constructive feedback to help students start, build, or polish their writing. I believe that all writing is fueled by creativity, and I seek to nurture that creativity by helping students develop their own voice.

Annie, she/her

Annie, she/her

Sophomore, English

I'm excited about

I'm excited about organizing, sequencing, and constructing ideas in an argument! I also love creative writing and seeing what kinds of rad metaphors and slick words people produce, especially in poetry!

Tutoring philosophy

I want to be a tutor who genuinely listens and poses thought-provoking questions to promote independent learning. As a writing tutor I will strive to help my peers construct and organize their ideas so they can deliver their message as best as they can. I want students to see their own writing confidently and positively because they each bring perspectives and thoughts no one else sees. As a human, I want to be encouraging and kind, recognizing that everyone has stressors in their lives, in hopes that I can help support them and help them feel cared about during our session! And lastly, as a student myself, I obviously don’t know the answers to everything, so we’re in this learning and growing experience together, and it’s going to be rad!

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Sophomore, Comparative History of Ideas

I'm excited about

Taking exciting classes in my major questioning human nature, the human mind, and our physical world.

I've taken

JSIS classes that demanded heavy writing on why questions relating to issues all over the world. 

Ask me about

I recently took a course in ceramics and it has become one of the many art interests I have. I also love cooking and one can be sure to find me indulging in fancy bakes while I am in my apartment.

Tutoring philosophy

As a tutor, I value the practice of independent learning. I am a strong believer that a crucial aspect of tutoring is confidence building. If a student leaves the session with enough confidence in their ability to see themselves as capable of independently practice what was learned I would call it a successful session. Personally, I would also like to see my space to be open, free of judgment, and prejudice free for anyone. I am open to any criticism that comes in that front, especially as my ability to do that reflects the success of the session. I also encourage international students to see this as a space to address queries about academic conventions that they might be familiar with, as I understand how it tough it is to transition to UW.