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. 

Please see the updates below for any changes to availability and changes due to COVID! Thank you for your patience and understanding!

In Person Tutoring In Mary Gates Hall
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Math Math Math Math Math
Chemistry   Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry
Physics Physics Physics Physics Physics
  Writing Writing Writing Writing
    Economics CSE  Biology
Virtual Tutoring
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Math Math Math Math Math
Chemistry Physics Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry
Physics Writing Physics Physics Physics
  CSE  Writing Writing Writing
Biology Statistics Statistics   Economics
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Welcome back, Huskies! CLUE has returned to hybrid services! Check out our schedule above for available tutoring in Mary Gates Hall and Virtual Tutoring. Also see our updates and cancellations for any updates to our hours below.

CLUE is operating in person and virtually for Spring quarter 2022. We will be following the guidelines UW has for COVID-19, and will update our website if anything changes.

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. 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

Availble Sunday-Thursday 7-11pm in Mary Gates Hall Commons. Your Husky Card is needed to get into the building and to check in at the front desk. 

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. 

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 Physics, Math, and CSE. 

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

In observance of Memorial Day, CLUE will be CLOSED Sunday 5/29. We will return to normal operations Monday 5/30.


Welcome back, Huskies! CLUE has returned to hybrid services! Check out our schedule above for available tutoring in Mary Gates Hall and Virtual Tutoring.

For the Spring 2022 quarter, we are short staffed in Chemistry and Writing. As a result, we will NOT have any Chemistry tutoring available on Monday evenings. We will also NOT have any Writing support on Sunday evenings. Come see us other days of the week!

If you need Writing assistance over the weekend, consider making an appointment at the Odegaard Writing Center.

 

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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Chemistry

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Computer Science

Mon. Wed.

Economics

Math

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Physics

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Statistics

Tues. Thurs.

Writing Center

Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.

Meet Our Tutors

Lukas, he/him

Lukas, he/him

Junior, Chemistry (ACS Certified)

I'm excited about

Physical Chemistry: thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and electrochemistry.

I've taken

CHEM 145,155,165,335,336,337,346,347,452,455, and 457 (I'm proficient in honors gen- and ochem series, in addition to the pchem series for Chem majors) MATH 307, 308 (I can help with differential equations and linear algebra)

Ask me about

Making music (jazz), working out, traveling, cooking, city exploring.

Notable academic failure

My grade from intro biology series is not one of the things I'm proud of. I have experimented different studying strategies for the three intro bio classes respectively. However, the outcome reflected by the exams was less than satisfactory.

Sarah, Biology Tutor, she/hers

Sarah, Biology Tutor, she/hers

Junior, Medical lab science, minor in chemistry

I'm excited about

Pathology, human physiology, and cellular mechanisms

I've taken

BIOL 118/119, BIOL 180/200/220; I can also help with: NURS 201, HSERV 100 and chemistry

Ask me about

Neuroscience research, tennis, cooking, and photography

Notable academic failure

When I was taking Phys 121, I struggled quite a bit with the content and ended up scoring well below the average on my first midterm. I was very frustrated with physics, as a whole, because I didn't know why my study habits weren't getting me the grade I wanted. So, I decided to reach out to my TA as well as my roommate, who had already taken the physics series. With their support and advice, I was able to change my mindset about physics and do better on the next exams. After this experience, I realize how beneficial external support and a growth mindset can be.

Rishabh, Computer Science Engineering Tutor, he/him

Rishabh, Computer Science Engineering Tutor, he/him

Junior, Computer Science

I'm excited about

I love logical reasoning. Computer programming enables me to use logical reasoning to design and build solutions that have varied applications.

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

Shaowen, he/him

Shaowen, he/him

Senior, Electrical Engineering

I'm excited about

Energy, Motion,Circuitry

I've taken

Physics 121, 122, 123. EE 215 and EE233 is also helpful

Ask me about

play basketball, have road trip, cooking

Notable academic failure

I am very interested in political science class so I took a political science class in spring quarter. However, I found out that the real political science course is different from what I thought. And it was very time consuming. I ended up not getting a good grade because I had to invest more time on my major classes. This failure taught me that sometimes only having interest cannot let you be successful in a class. You have to really work hard and invest tons of time in it. So I learn that I should be more aware and do more research before taking a class.

Haoran, he/him

Haoran, he/him

Junior, Applied Physics/ ACMS

I'm excited about

Electrodynamics, waves, Quantum mechanics

I've taken

PHYS12x, 225, 224, 227, 321, 322, 334, 231

Ask me about

Hiking, Rock & Metal music and playing them on instruments, badminton.

Notable academic failure

I took my Electric Circuit class during my sophomore year, which I was really looking forward. However, the pandemic made things different: I did not have the chance to get my hands on the circuits physically, but just stared at the "virtual lab" behind the screen. It killed a big part of my interest in this class, and not being able to play around the circuits in my hands made the topics of that class confusing to me. I ended up getting a 60% for my first midterm. I pulled myself together after that and got an OK grade in the end. I am keen to come back to campus in person!

Gilbert, he/him

Gilbert, he/him

Sophomore, Electrical Engineering (intended)

I'm excited about

Mechanics, electromagnetism and waves.

I've taken

I have taken Physics 12X series, Math 12X series, Math 307, Math 308, Math 324, and CSE 142.    

Ask me about

I love working out, running, cycling, swimming, and eating.

Notable academic failure

I have been interested in computer science but after I took CSE 142 the results are not as good as I have expected and this disappointed me. It took me a lot of time to review the materials, ask questions, as well as actual coding to get through the concepts and to be able to type out a code for each specific question. However, during this time, I am able to find a balance between study and relax so I am able to enjoy my university life as well as finishing my school work efficiently.

Fernanda, she/her

Fernanda, she/her

Senior, English and ECO (Education, Communities, and Organizations)

I'm excited about

Within writing and English in general the part that interests me the most is the learning of the language as well as the strengthening of that language. Learning new ways to strengthen one's own command over a language whether it be learning new ways to write, widening one's own vocabulary, or even developing new writing styles is really fascinating to me. Language acquisition to me in general is pretty exciting and interesting as I love learning new languages!

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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