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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Available now for Writing, Physics, Chemistry, and Math!

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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

CLUE will be CLOSED on Sunday 2/14 in observation of President's Day.

 

Subjects

Biology

Sun, Thu

Chemistry

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Computer Science

Mon, Thu

Economics

Mon, Tues, Thu

Math

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Physics

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu

Statistics

Mon, Wed

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

Ganling (Lead), he/him

Ganling (Lead), he/him

Senior, Psychology and Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry

I'm excited about

all the biochemistry parts related to cells

I've taken

Chem 120, 220, 221, 142, 152, 162 O-chem 335, 336, 337, 241, 242, intro bio series, physics 121 and 122 and psychology courses

Ask me about

playing soccer and playing board games

Notable academic failure

When I was taking physics 121, I struggled with doing well on the exams and got the worst grade that I ever had at UW. I decided to improve my studying methods and put in even more effort in 122 and ended up with a better grade.

Michael, he/him

Michael, he/him

Sophomore, 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

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.

Jonathan, he/him

Jonathan, he/him

Senior, Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

Complex Analysis, Lagrangian Mechanics, Vector Calculus (Electromagnetism!), Partial Differential Equations, General Relativity, Stellar Theory

I've taken

Math 12X, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 394. Phys 12X, 224, 225, 227, 228, 321, 322, 329

Ask me about

Music, running, hiking, my cat Puma.

Notable academic failure

I got really sick at the same time that I had my backpack, all my textbooks, and my laptop stolen from me sophomore year. I had to withdraw from the quarter, but I bounced back up again right afterward!

Melina, she/her

Melina, she/her

Junior, Mathematics and Marine Biology

I'm excited about

All things Calculus!

I've taken

MATH 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 327 I can also help with: Q SCI 381, plus any other marine biology classes!

Ask me about

I love art like painting and photography. Also love my bullet journal and taking care of my plants.

Notable academic failure

In math classes, I often feel like I know the content before the class, leading me to not put in enough effort. This was especially rough in MATH 300. I thought I knew how to write a proof so I did not put the effort I should have into the homework. This became obvious after the first midterm. I was so shocked that I got such a low grade. I worked so hard before the final, studying proofs and all the homework, and even though I expected a bad grade, I have never been prouder of myself for using a final and a lot of hard work to pull my grade up. I got almost a full grade point higher than I expected after the first midterm.

Annie, she/her

Annie, she/her

Sophomore, English

I'm excited about

I'm excited about organizing, sequencing, and constructing ideas in an argument! I also love creative writing and seeing what kinds of rad metaphors and slick words people produce, especially in poetry!

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Sophomore, Comparative History of Ideas

I'm excited about

Taking exciting classes in my major questioning human nature, the human mind, and our physical world.

I've taken

JSIS classes that demanded heavy writing on why questions relating to issues all over the world. 

Ask me about

I recently took a course in ceramics and it has become one of the many art interests I have. I also love cooking and one can be sure to find me indulging in fancy bakes while I am in my apartment.

Cory (Lead), he/him

Cory (Lead), he/him

Graduated, Physics

I'm excited about

Finding ways to apply my physics problem-solving skills to the myriad of issues we face today

I've taken

Phys 121-123, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 321, 322, 324, 328, 329, 331, 429, Amath 301, Amath 402, the calc series, Math 307 and 308, and for some reason, an entire year of Introductory Latin.     

Ask me about

Music, immersive sims, environmental issues, gardening, permaculture, and memes.

Notable academic failure

I had never been more confused in my life than when I took physics 329. Nothing about the material was particularly challenging once it clicked, but the way it was presented to us made me astrally project. I didn’t know what was going on, what the professor was saying, who I was as a person; I actually experienced ego death while trying to understand those lectures. The homework averages were really low for most of that class and my homework grades followed suit, but somehow, it all coalesced for the final (which was worth 55% of our grade) and I ended up with a 4.0. I still don’t quite know what happened that spring. .

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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