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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Schedule an Appointment

Available now for Writing, Physics, Chemistry, and Math! To schedule an appointment, please login using your UW netID/ email credentials.

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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

Subjects

Biology

Sun, Thu

Chemistry

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Computer Science

Mon, Thu

Economics

Sun, Tues, Thu

Math

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Physics

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Statistics

Mon, Tues

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.

Vidha, she/her

Vidha, she/her

Junior, Biochemistry/ Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology

I'm excited about

Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry.

I've taken

Chem 142, Chem 152, Chem 162, Chem 335, Chem 238, Chem 239 I can also help with: Phys 114, Phys 115, Phys 116 and Math 126

Ask me about

Knitting! I'm still a beginner but I like trying different knitting projects.

Notable academic failure

When I was first taking organic chemistry, I would be on top of all the studying and read the chapter and do problems beforehand. I felt the most prepared for OChem and expected to ace the test. But when I would get my midterm scores back, I would score below average consistently. I would get so discouraged and didn't understand how I could do so poorly after studying so hard. Then I analyzed my studying techniques and realized I was just passively learning and not stopping to think about the questions I missed. After reflecting and trying to actively learn, I started to do much better in OChem.

Sky, Econ Tutor, He/him

Sky, Econ Tutor, He/him

Graduate, Economics

I'm excited about

Political Economy

I've taken

Applied Micro, Econometrics, many others

Ask me about

Reading, language learning, traveling

Aaron, he/him

Aaron, he/him

Junior, Computer Engineering

I'm excited about

Quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, energy & sustainability

I've taken

PHYS 121, 122, 123, currently taking PHYS 225

Ask me about

When outdoors, I like running, hiking, biking, and fishing. When I’m inside, I enjoy cooking and playing video games!

Notable academic failure

For a technical writing class I took, the final assignment was a group project. It was difficult to collaborate on a written paper, so my group did the bare minimum without meeting or discussing much. We ended up getting a low score, and I have since learned to be proactive about organization and planning, especially when working with others.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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