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! Physics & Writing (class assignments and applications) 

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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 will be CLOSED on Sunday, 1/17 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Sunday 2/14 in observation of President's Day.

 

Subjects

Biology

Sun, Thu

Chemistry

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Computer Science

Mon, Thu

Economics

Mon, Tues, Thu

Math

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Physics

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Statistics

Mon, Wed

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

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.

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

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

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 failure

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.

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 failure

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.

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 failure

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.

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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