We can help with the following subjects and courses:
Drop-in tutoring is offered during CLUE operating hours, 7-11 p.m., Sunday-Thursday. It is a one-on-one tutoring session between you and a tutor. You are expected to bring your own questions and our tutors can help answer them. These sessions are typically 15-20 minutes long.
Exam reviews are offered for the introductory Calculus series (MATH 124, 125 & 126). During the exam review session, tutors will present practice problems and detailed explanations for the answer. Sessions are typically 1.5 hours long.
In person tutoring takes place in Mary Gates Hall commons. Husky cards are required for after hours (after 5pm) access to the building.
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Discussion sessions take place either in person (MGH 2nd floor) or virtually. Virtual exam reviews are offered for on-sequence introductory courses in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math & Physics.
We are here to help you understand what’s going on, not give you the answer. Coming to CLUE and expecting us to solve your problem for you is going to be a problem. We want to engage you with the question and get you to work through the problem so that you can answer it on your own afterwards.
When a tutor gets to you, they will most likely ask what your question is, if you have attempted the problem, what the relevant material is, if you’ve covered concept xyz, or what your current understanding of the material is. We need to get a feel for where you’re at, before we can start going down our own path.
A question and/or an attempted problem along with a desire to learn. We want to help, we really do! But if you’re just not interested in learning what needs to be done and being with us on the steps we need to take, then that really hurts the vibe.
On paper, 15 minutes. Though they can tend to get a little longer if you ask a particular question that is rather nasty or there’s a concept that you’re really struggling with. If the night is really busy, we will be more strict to keeping to the 15 minutes and leave you to play around with what wisdom we dispense.
Just go back onto the clue queue online site and queue yourself back in, the same way you did so when you first queued up for CLUE tutoring. It does help if you say what your question is in the signup (saying “webassign 1.61” is not as helpful as “I need help with taking the derivative with trig functions”).
Exam reviews are offered for MATH 124, 125, and 126, as well as exam reviews for MATH 120 during the autumn quarter. These exam reviews are led by 2-3 tutors from the CLUE math team with problems that they think are worth going over. This doesn’t mean they will appear on a test, just that the problem is interesting in terms of the concepts that it goes over, and it’s those concepts that we would like for you to understand. We don't have access to anything that you're covering in your courses, and so we base the problems we go over on what we see when students come in for Drop-In tutoring and what we see on the Math Department’s Exam Archive.
Typically we hold 3 exam reviews per quarter. 1 for each midterm, and then 1 for the final. The midterm reviews last ~90 minutes, but our tutors are more than happy to stay and ask any burning questions you may have. While the final exam review lasts ~2 hours. An email is sent to any student in the relevant course regarding information about the exam review.
Any class that we give an Exam Review for doesn’t have a PDI for that quarter. A PDI is a night in which for the first 2 hours of CLUE a tutor is specifically dedicated to getting to students for that particular PDI and answering their questions. During nights that we have PDIs we tend to see students for the PDI gather in a specific area and all end up helping each other out as well as the tutor. After a PDI has ended there’s no reason to leave, as you will still be helped, albeit just at a slower pace. The number of PDIs a course has is dependent on how many students we typically see for that course as well as how many exams that course gives. Typically, PDIs are a 1-5 before an exam, but since many of the courses we give PDIs for don’t follow a similar structure as the intro calc series, they can be more sporadically laid out. We have PDIs for Math 307, 308, 309, and 324, as well as 120 for the quarters that we don’t give 120 exam reviews.