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, 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. 

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CLUE is operating person and virtually for fall quarter 2021. We will be following the guidelines UW has for COVID-19, and will update our website if anything changes. 

 

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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In-person Drop-in Tutoring

Bring your Husky card to Mary Gates Hall Commons to check in at the front desk. Husky card access is needed to get into the building. 

Thank you for your patience with our staff as we operate in multiple modalities to support all students! Wait times may be longer than before but we will do our best to meet with all students. 

As per UW policy, all students and CLUE staff will be required to wear masks while in Mary Gates Hall. If the wait time is long, we have virtual tutors available to help as well!

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Virtual Drop-in Tutoring

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See below for hours.

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Schedule a Virtual Appointment

Available for writing and math. 

We are still finalizing our schedule so we will be adding additional subjects for scheduled appointments soon.

You are welcome to schedule appointments in advance but we ask that you only make 2 appointments per day, per subject. Once you make an appointment through Microsoft Bookings, you will receive an email confirmation with the appropriate Zoom links to meet with your tutor.

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Discussion Sessions & Exam Reviews

Discussion sessions and exam reviews are open! Click here to see the calendar of CLUE events. To attend these sessions, go to the calendar, click on the event you want to attend, join the event, and a zoom link will be provided to you.

If the event says "This event is currently closed", that simply means we haven't opened the zoom room yet, so check back closer to the start time of the event! We will open events 15-30 minutes prior to the start time.

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, Updates & Cancellations

Open for drop-in tutoring, both in-person and virtual, Sunday through Thursday, 7-11 p.m. (PT).

CLUE will be CLOSED in observation of Veteran's Day on Wednesday, November 10th. We will be open on Thursday, November 11th from 7-11pm.

CLUE will be CLOSED in observation of Thanksgiving/Day of Mourning on November 24th and 25th. We will reopen on Sunday, November 28th!

 

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. 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 cameras on so you know exactly who you are working with.

  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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Subjects

Biology

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Chemistry

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Computer Science

Economics

Math

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Physics

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Statistics

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Writing Center

Scheduled appointments for the summer

Meet Our Tutors

Trinity, she/hers

Trinity, she/hers

Junior, Biochemistry (BS) and Spanish (minor)

I'm excited about

Biosynthesis for pharmaceutical and medical purposes, organic chemistry as whole, reaction mechanisms

I've taken

Chem 142, 152, 162, 237, 238, 239, 241  

Ask me about

I love video games, surfing, anime, tennis, drawing and watercolor painting

Notable academic failure

My journey in chemistry started out pretty rocky. I took chemistry in my first year and dreaded it. The first few intro classes of chem felt monotonous and frustrating with lots of disappointing and stagnant exam scores. Honestly, I felt inadequate and that it just stood to test my motivation and grades. But as I started to delve deeper into the material and actually try to connect what I was learning to other classes and the real world, I started to realize how fundamental and just really cool chemistry truly is. What I hope is that I can help others reach this kind of understanding as well so that they don't feel stuck in this feeling of frustration and doubt that I had in the beginning and instead can look past it and become excited and open to learning about chemistry!

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.

Mohil, CSE Tutor, He/him

Mohil, CSE Tutor, He/him

Senior, Mechnaical Engineering

I've taken

I love hiking, composing music and reading novels.

Michael, he/him

Michael, he/him

Junior, 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

Kristina, She/Her

Kristina, She/Her

Senior, 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 failure

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.

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 failure

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.

Yifan, she/her

Yifan, she/her

Junior, Computer Science

I'm excited about

Quantum mechanics

I've taken

Phys121, Phys122, Phys123

Ask me about

Food and dogs

Notable academic failure

During my first quarter at UW, I didn’t balance well my work and study. Woke up at 6 am to do morning shifts led me to fall asleep in my afternoon CS class. I was so anxious and depressed just before the midterm because I found I didn’t catch any class content. I had to review (or more likely preview) everything I missed in less than a week. At that time all I wanted was to pass the exam, even 60/100 was good enough. Although I eventually did it well, this terrible experience taught me a lesson. After that, I planned my schedule wisely and studied harder in the class, which gave me a good result.

Gianluca, he/him

Gianluca, he/him

Graduated, 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.

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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