Academic Support Programs

Welcome to CLUE

Available to all Seattle campus undergraduates, the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) is the largest free tutoring program at the UW. We provide tutoring for Math, Chemistry, Physics, Writing, Biology, Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science & Engineering. 

CLUE tutoring is more than a resource you can access when you're struggling in a class; it's a welcoming, inclusive space for students to connect, ask questions about various subjects, prepare for exams, and have support on homework. We know that the virtual space doesn't always feel supportive and it can be tough to want to engage online. But our peer tutors make tutoring fun with various tools to help you feel supported, all while having their zoom cameras on so you know exactly who you are working with.

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Due to COVID-19, CLUE will be operating entirely virtually for fall, winter quarter, and spring quarter.

CLUE provides a space for all students to be included, challenged, and supported in their educational journey. We expect that tutors and students alike enter into this space with respect for one another and treat others with kindness.

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Drop-In Virtual Tutoring

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See below for hours.

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Schedule an Appointment

Available now for Writing, Physics, Chemistry, and Math! To schedule an appointment, please login using your UW netID/ email credentials.

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Discussion Sessions & Exam Reviews

These include courses outside of our main subject areas. Check to see if your course is listed! More will be added throughout the quarter.

Hours

Welcome back, Huskies!

We offer drop-in tutoring for Math, Physics, Chemistry, Econ, Bio, CSE, Stats and Writing. See our subject list below to check for days offered or view our monthly events calendar for more information.

When you enter drop-in tutoring, select Virtual Tutoring, and choose a subject area. Once a tutor is ready for you, they will call you and a Zoom link will be sent on that main tutoring page. If you haven't gotten called for awhile, it could be that we are busy so hang tight and we will get to you!

CLUE Calendar

Updates & Cancellations

CLUE Tutoring is closed on Sunday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day and will be open on Monday, May 31st from 7-11 pm (PDT). 

CLUE Finals Week
CLUE will be open during Week 10/ Stressless week! Please drop in or schedule an appointment to see us!

During Finals week, we will have a reduced schedule to allow our tutors time to also study and take their finals. The schedule will be as follows:

Sunday, 6/6: 7-11 pm (PDT)

Monday, 6/7: 7-11 pm (PDT)

Tuesday, 6/8: 7-10 pm (PDT)

Wednesday, 6/9: 7-9 pm (PDT)

Thursday, 6/10 - CLOSED

We will re-open for Summer quarter on June 21st.

Subjects

Biology

Sun, Thu

Chemistry

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Computer Science

Mon, Thu

Economics

Sun, Tues, Thu

Math

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Physics

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Statistics

Mon, Tues

Writing Center

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Frequently Asked Questions

CLUE uses the Zoom platform for video conferencing and Google Docs or GoBoard to collaborate virtually. You must be logged in with your UW NetID and password to access CLUE. 

  1. When CLUE is open, log into CLUE using the virtual check-in system and you will be placed in a queue. 
  2. In the queue, you will be prompted to let us know what class you would like support with, if you want to see a particular tutor, and if you would like to opt-in for text message notifications. 
  3. Then you will see an estimated wait time to meet with a tutor. You will also be able to see where you are in line. 
  4. When a tutor is ready to meet you, you will get a notification with a Zoom link on that main queue page. Go ahead and access that link within five minutes of receiving it and you will be seen by a tutor.
  5. Please be sure that the name you use in Zoom is the name you enter in the queue check-in. This will help your tutor know they are meeting with the right student.
  6. If you have questions or concerns, use the General Questions queue and you will be directed to our Front Desk Managers who are ready and able to help!
  7. For all other questions, email us at clue@uw.edu.

Drop-in tutoring is offered for all our subjects (Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Writing) Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Drop-in tutoring is first-come, first-serve. You may wait five minutes or more depending on the availability of our tutors and how many students are waiting for help.

Appointment tutoring ensures that you meet with a tutor at a time you signed up for. There is no waiting time and you are guaranteed thirty minutes of one-on-one tutoring. We are currently only offering appointments for Physics and Writing from 12 p.m.–3 p.m. 

Both options provide one-on-one tutoring for personalized support.

A personal computer or tablet with internet access and sound is necessary to access CLUE.

  • If you do not have access to a laptop/tablet, please go to UW's Student Technology Loan Program website to request technology. Supplies are limited. 
  • Make sure you have the most current version of Zoom downloaded on your device. Once you log into your Zoom account, please go to zoom.us/download to download the latest version. If you have any issues with Zoom, you can get support from UWIT.

If you have any questions about accessing CLUE, please email us at clue@uw.edu.

If you would like help with an academic subject but need more time than is available via drop-in tutoring, consider getting a private tutor. We can send out an inquiry and see if anyone is available and then connect you with that tutor.
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Meet Our Tutors

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 failure

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!

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 failure

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.

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.

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 failure

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.

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 failure

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!!

Yana, she/her

Yana, she/her

Graduated, Physics

I'm excited about

Quantum and Atomic Physics! Also quantum computation and its applications

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 failure

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.

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!

While we are virtual right now, you can watch this video to get a sense of what CLUE is like in person.

Contact Us

Do you have questions? Are you looking for accommodations or a quiet space to use CLUE? Email us at clue@uw.edu

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