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

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CLUE intends to be operating in person and virtually in the Fall 2021 quarter. 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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Drop-in Tutoring (In person)

To attend in person tutoring, bring your Husky card to Mary Gates Hall and check in with the Front Desk Manager (FDM). You will need your Husky card to get into the building. 

As per UW policy, all students and CLUE staff will be required to wear masks while in Mary Gates Hall.

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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, Math, Biology, Econ, and Stats! 

Please limit your scheduling to 2 appointments per day, per subject. We are currently operating at reduced capactiy and would like to support all students seeking resources. At CLUE, we also want to encourage you to independently learn outside of your tutoring sessions. You are welcome to schedule appointments in advance but we ask that you only make 2 appointments per day, per subject. Thank you! If you have any questions about this, please email clue@uw.edu.

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Discussion Sessions & Exam Reviews

There are no discussion sessions and exam reviews for Summer quarter. Check back in the Fall!

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!

CLUE is now closed for the Summer. We will see you again in the Fall!

CLUE Calendar

Updates & Cancellations

CLUE is currently closed for the Summer quarter but will open again in person in Mary Gates Hall and virtually September 30th, 2021.

 

 

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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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

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Meet Our Tutors

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.

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 failure

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.

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 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.

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 failure

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

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.

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 failure

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.

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 failure

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.

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!

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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