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. 

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. 

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. 

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).

 

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!

Shreya, She/Her

Shreya, She/Her

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

Sparsh, he/him

Sparsh, he/him

Junior, 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

Stephanie, she/her

Stephanie, she/her

Junior, Mechanical engineering

I'm excited about

I like linear algebra, differential equations, and simply anything calculus. Broadly I also enjoy general derivation and trigonometry because I love the puzzle of it!

I've taken

I have taken Math 124, 125, 126, 307, 308, AMATH 301, and I'm currently taking Math 224. I can also help with some early engineering classes, like AA 210, ME 230, ME 123, etc.!

Ask me about

I love learning about astronomy and aerospace technologies. Outside of school I also enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the city.

Notable academic failure

At the beginning of quarantine, I didn't focus enough on my math class at the time and failed the first midterm. I had to reevaluate my schedule and priorities and was able to eventually pass the next midterm and get a good grade in the class overall. This taught me to better budget my time and how to deal with difficult classes.

Luke, he/him

Luke, he/him

Junior, Comprehensive Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

quantum mechanics, astrophysics, and cosmology

I've taken

Intro Physics series 12x, Physics 224, Physics 225, Physics 227, Physics 228, Physics 321, Astronomy 300, Astronomy 322, Astronomy 323, Intro Math series 12x, Math 307, Math 308

Ask me about

I love camping in dense forests and hiking along streams, besides astronomy, math, and physics I'm fascinated by evolutionary psychology and nearly all topics of history.

Notable academic failure

One academic failure that I've faced at UW was my Math 124 grade, I got 2.5 and was devastated because it's a subject I love, I worked harder and learned from my mistakes which allowed me to improve my grade each Math class I took from there on.

Hannah, she/her

Hannah, she/her

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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