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 cameras on so you know exactly who you are working with.

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CLUE intends to be operating in person and virtually in the Fall 2021 quarter. We will be following the guidelines UW has for COVID-19, and will update our website if anything changes.

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 Tutoring (In person)

To attend in person tutoring, bring your Husky card to Mary Gates Hall and check in with the Front Desk Manager (FDM). You will need your Husky card 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.

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Drop-in Virtual Tutoring

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See below for hours.

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Schedule an Appointment

Available now for Writing, Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology, Econ, and Stats! 

Please limit your scheduling to 2 appointments per day, per subject. We are currently operating at reduced capactiy and would like to support all students seeking resources. At CLUE, we also want to encourage you to independently learn outside of your tutoring sessions. You are welcome to schedule appointments in advance but we ask that you only make 2 appointments per day, per subject. Thank you! If you have any questions about this, please email clue@uw.edu.

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Discussion Sessions & Exam Reviews

There are no discussion sessions and exam reviews for Summer quarter. Check back in the Fall!

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

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CLUE is now closed for the Summer. We will see you again in the Fall!

CLUE Calendar

Updates & Cancellations

CLUE is currently closed for the Summer quarter but will open again in person in Mary Gates Hall and virtually September 30th, 2021.

 

 

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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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

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Meet Our Tutors

Karen, she/hers

Karen, she/hers

Senior, Biochemistry and Microbiology

I'm excited about

I really enjoy biochemistry and any topic that gives me insight into the machinery of life. I also enjoy parts of organic chemistry such as learning reaction mechanisms and how to synthesize chemicals.

I've taken

Honors Gen Chem (CHEM 145/155/165), OChem + Lab (CHEM 237/238/239 + 241/242), Honors Biochem (BIOC 450/451), BIOC 442, Physical Chem (CHEM 452/453) I can also help with:  biology (especially molecular) and microbiology classes, or intro genome classes.  

Ask me about

I love reading fantasy novels and playing video games.

Notable academic failure

One of the classes I took ended up having its entire grade determined by the final. As it was an elective, I didn't study seriously enough for it and ended up receiving a low grade in the class. I was definitely more aware of managing my study time around finals in future quarters!

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.

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.

Sparsh, he/him

Sparsh, he/him

Sophomore, 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

Malisha, she/her

Malisha, she/her

Sophomore, Computer Engineering

I'm excited about

Classical and quantum mechanics

I've taken

Physics 12X Series, Math 12X Series, Math 307, Math 308

Ask me about

Reading, cooking new foods, eating, traveling, exploring the city, Netflix

Notable academic failure

I took CSE 143 during my first quarter at UW. I found the content extremely interesting, but couldn't quite get a grasp on styling guidelines. I didn't pay it too much heed until I got back my first homework assignment. Let's just say, it wasn't great. I found it frustrating to not do well. But eventually I used the available resources for help and saw a significant improvement in my homework assignment and overall grade.

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.

Adit, he/him

Adit, he/him

Sophomore, Physics and ACMS (intended)

I'm excited about

Relativistic and Gravitational Physics, Quantum Gravity, Particle Theory, Vector Analysis, Topology

I've taken

Phys 12X series, Math 12X Series, Math 307, Math 308. Currently taking Phys 224, Phys 227, CSE 143X

Ask me about

I love to work out, play basketball and watch sports. NBA, EPL, Formula-1 anything. I also love binging watching Sci-Fi and thriller movies and TV shows. I’m pretty likely to strike up a conversation if it’s in any way related to Marvel.

Notable academic failure

I tried to skate through my first quarter at UW thinking I had a relatively minimalistic workload. But soon my Psych 101 class, dubbed to be the easiest course at UW, caught up to me. Due to the wrong company and an inadvertent attitude, I ended up barely passing that course. It was from the next quarter I decided to live up to my potential and work hard to achieve that by constantly challenging myself.

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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