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.

Summer CLUE operations will be virtual drop-in tutoring only, with limited subject availability. Hours will be 10am- 2pm PT Monday-Thursday.

Please click "Virtual Drop-in Tutoring" below during drop-in tutoring hours to access Summer CLUE.

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If you have any questions, please email clue@uw.edu.

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

In-person tutoring will return Fall quarter 2022.

 

As per UW policy, wearing a well-fitted high-quality mask is highly encouraged while in Mary Gates Hall.

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Virtual Drop-in Tutoring

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See below for hours.

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Discussion Sessions & Exam Reviews

Discussion sessions and exam reviews will return Fall quarter 2022. 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

Summer quarter we offer support for the following subjects every day we are open: Math, Physics, Writing, CSE and Statistics. Statistics has limited hours and is only open 10am-12pm PST.

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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Biology

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Chemistry

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Computer Science

Mon. Wed.

Economics

Math

Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.

Physics

Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.

Statistics

Tues. Thurs.

Writing Center

Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.

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.

Heather, Statistics Tutor, she/hers

Heather, Statistics Tutor, she/hers

Masters, Statistics

I'm excited about

Attempting to summit Mt Rainier next year!

I've taken

STATS 311, PHRMCY 514 (biomedical stats), CHEM E 436/437 (Stats for chemical engineers) I can also help with: All things chemistry!

Notable academic failure

An event that I considered an academic failure was when I first transferred from community college to undergrad. I was not doing so well in my classes like I was before due to the major changes in environment and classroom teaching styles. My grades plummeted, but I studied even harder. After I got into the groove of things and into my major of choice, Chem E, I started to become a better student academically and socially.

Michael, he/him

Michael, he/him

Junior, 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

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.

Andrew, he/him

Andrew, he/him

Junior, Civil Engineering

I've taken

MATH: 124, 125, 126, 307, 308

Ask me about

I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, swimming, and many other outdoorsy activities. I am always down to discuss the latest gaming news or anything anime. A more niche hobby I have is woodworking.

Notable academic failure

During my first quarter at UW I retook calculus 2 or MATH 125. Since all the material was familiar, I was breezing through the course, acing every exam with minimal reviewing/studying. I was overconfident in my knowledge, so when the final exam rolled by, I barely studied for it. And rightly so, I forgot important information needed to complete some questions. What should have been a nice GPA booster, became an academic failure and a lesson I am glad I learned early on.

Will, he/him

Will, he/him

Senior, Electrical Engineering

I'm excited about

Circuits

I've taken

Phys 122, Phys 123

Ask me about

Sleeping

Notable academic failure

Not getting more involved in the school culture earlier in my academic career

Yifan, she/her

Yifan, she/her

Junior, Computer Science

I'm excited about

Quantum mechanics

I've taken

Phys121, Phys122, Phys123

Ask me about

Food and dogs

Notable academic failure

During my first quarter at UW, I didn’t balance well my work and study. Woke up at 6 am to do morning shifts led me to fall asleep in my afternoon CS class. I was so anxious and depressed just before the midterm because I found I didn’t catch any class content. I had to review (or more likely preview) everything I missed in less than a week. At that time all I wanted was to pass the exam, even 60/100 was good enough. Although I eventually did it well, this terrible experience taught me a lesson. After that, I planned my schedule wisely and studied harder in the class, which gave me a good result.

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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