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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Due to COVID-19, CLUE will be operating entirely virtually for the summer 2021 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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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!

For the 2021 summer quarter, we will be offering tutoring by appointment only in Math, Physics, Econ, Bio, Stats, and Writing. We have support for Physical Chemistry as well.

Fall quarter updates will be posted in September.

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CLUE will open for virtual tutoring by appointment this summer. 

 

 

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Math

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Statistics

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Writing Center

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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

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 failure

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.

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 failure

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 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.

Yana, she/her

Yana, she/her

Graduated, Physics

I'm excited about

Quantum and Atomic Physics! Also quantum computation and its applications

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 failure

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.

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 failure

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.

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.

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!

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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