CLUE is the UW's free, late-night, multidisciplinary study center located in Mary Gates Hall. We offer drop-in tutoring, discussion sessions led by graduate and senior undergraduate students, as well as a writing center. Tutoring activities are organized by subject, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Languages, Math, Physics, Statistics and more. We also host discussion sessions which correspond to specific UW courses and exam review sessions—these are a great way to prepare for mid-terms & finals. Bring materials associated with the assignment you are working on, including your test book, lab manual, lecture notes, old tests, calculator, periodic table...and lots of pens and pencils! We hope to see you soon!

  • Tonight @ CLUE
  • Drop-In Tutoring
  • Class Discussions
  • Writing Center
  • Exam Reviews
  • CLUE in the HUB
  • Private Tutoring
  • Conversation Groups
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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Tonight @ CLUE

Updates & Cancellations

Sunday January 15th 2017

  • CLUE is closed for MLK Day

Monday January 16th 2017

  • ATM S 111 rescheduled for Wednesday, January 18th 6:30pm-8:00pm MGH 234

Tuesday January 17th 2017

  • ARCH 150 Exam Review 6:30pm-8pm MGH 241

Wednesday January 18th 2017

  • PSYCH 210 Exam Review 6:30pm-8pm MGH 389
  • CHEM 142 D Exam Review 8pm-9:30pm MGH 242

Thursday January 19th 2017

  • CHEM 162 Exam Review 8:00pm-9:30pm MGH 234

Drop-In Tutoring

Find answers and explore course concepts and problems in one-on-one and small group settings in collaboration with CLUE instructors. Activities take place throughout the first floor of Mary Gates Hall, and you are invited to come and go as you please.

Subject Day Time Location
ChemistrySun–Thurs7pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
MathSun–Thurs7pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
Math in the HUBTues2pm-5pmHUB 141 (Commuter & Transfer Commons)
PhysicsSun–Thurs7pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
Physics in the HUBTues1pm-4pmHUB 141 (Commuter &Transfer Commons)
Writing CenterSun-Thurs7pm- midnightMGH 141 suite (CUADSS lobby)
BiologyMon & Tues7pm–10pmMGH 1st Floor Commons
Computer Science EngineeringWed & Thurs7pm- midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
EconomicsMon, Tues, Thurs7pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
StatisticsTues & Wed7pm- midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
ArabicSun & Wed7pm-10pmMGH 171
ChineseMon & Tues7pm-9pmMGH 171
FrenchSun & Tues7pm–10pmMGH 171
JapaneseSun & Mon7pm-9pmMGH 171
KoreanTues & Wed7pm-9pmMGH 171
SpanishMon & Wed7pm-10pmMGH 171

Class Discussions

These sessions provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into coursework by actively studying, reviewing, and discussing course topics and issues with your peers in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the classroom.

Course Day Time Location
AAS 206Tuesday6:30pm-8pmMGH 234
AAS 350Tuesday8pm-9:30pmMGH 234
AES 340Thursday8pm-9:30pmMGH 238
ASTR 101Thursday6:30pm-8pmMGH 231
ASTR 150Thursday8pm-9:30pmMGH 228
ATM S 111Monday6:30pm-8pmMGH 234
BIOC 406Tuesday6:30pm-8pmMGH 238
BIOC 441Monday8pm-9:30pmMGH 238
DESIGN 166Wednesday6:30pm-8pmMGH 287
ECON 200 AThursday6:30pm-8pmMGH 251
ECON 201 AMonday6:30pm-8pmMGH 241
ESRM 100Wednesday6:30pm-8pmMGH 271
LING 200Tuesday6:30pm-8pmMGH 287
PHIL 120Wednesday8pm-9:30pmMGH 238
POL S 204Thursday6:30pm-8pmMGH 234
PSYCH/GWSS 257Thursday6:30pm-8pmMGH 287
PSYCH 101 AThursday8pm-9:30pmMGH 271
PSYCH 202Sunday6:30pm-8pmMGH 251
MGMT 200Monday6:30pm-8pmMGH 254

Writing Center

The CLUE Writing Center is an interdisciplinary, drop-in writing center open to all undergraduates.

Subject Day Time Location
Drop-In TutoringSun-Thurs7pm to midnightMGH 141

We are open from 7pm to midnight every day except Friday and Saturday throughout the regular school year (Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters). No appointment is necessary—we're first come, first served—so arrive early and be prepared to wait if necessary!

Our Services

If you are an undergraduate student at the UW, we are available to work with you. Our goal is to complement, but not replace, the relationships you have with your professors and advisers.

We can be of help during any stage in the writing process, including:

  • Starting  
    Understanding assignments, brainstorming, discussing and developing ideas.
  • Drafting  
    Finding a focus, choosing a purpose, targeting an audience, developing a thesis or an argument.
  • Revising  
    Improving your paper's organization, expanding ideas, improving clarity and cohesion.
  • Researching  
    Finding a topic and choosing search terms, conducting searches (on the Internet and the library catalogue), evaluating sources, integrating material into your essay, documentation styles and citations.
  • Polishing  
    We will not proofread or edit a paper for you, but we will either teach or help you learn how to find and correct errors in punctuation, usage, and grammar.

At the CLUE Writing Center, we have one goal in mind: to help you become a better writer. To that end, we believe that writing is a process. Even the most talented writers cannot sit down in a vacuum and produce a polished text on the first try. Whether you need help talking through ideas, honing an outline you've been working on, evaluating a draft mid-composition, or looking through a final draft—we're confident we can help you write more efficiently and effectively.

About Our Staff

Our staff members have experience in a variety of disciplines, are published writers, and/or teach on campus. Each of our tutors have received significant training in composition, and many teach writing courses for undergraduates across the University. At the CLUE Writing Center, our tutors will work with you in private one-on-one sessions to help you become better at writing and expressing your thinking. You can expect them to be respectful, reflective, and educated readers of your writing and helpful teachers. They will work with you at every stage of the writing process and on any piece of writing, except for exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about our Writing Center is available on the Academic Support Programs website.

Exam Reviews

Exam reviews are different from Drop-In Tutoring and Discussion Sessions. Exam Reviews cover course material and strategies for specific tests. CLUE does not recommend that undergraduates "cram" the night before an exam—learning is a process best accomplished over time. Please utilize your time effectively throughout the quarter and then come to our exam review session prepared. This is a free service to all UW undergraduates.

Course Day Time Location
ARCH 1501/17, 2/7, 3/76:30pm-8pmMGH 241
ARCH 3511/9,1/23,2/1,3/136:30pm-8pmMGH 231
ART H 2022/2, 3/146:30pm-8pmMGH 271
CHEM 142 D1/18, 2/15, 3/98pm-9:30pmMGH 242
CHEM 152 A/B1/26, 2/22, 3/88pm-9:30pmMGH 389
CHEM 152 D/E1/23, 2/21, 3/78pm-9:30pmMGH 389,241,389
CHEM 162 A1/19, 2/23, 3/98pm-9:30pmMGH 234
CHEM 238 A1/23, 3/138pm-9:30pmMGH 231
CHEM 238 B2/168pm-9:30pmMGH 231
CHEM 238 C1/22, 2/12, 3/98pm-9:30pmMGH 231
Chemistry Excel Workshop1/25, 2/207pm-8pmMGH 044
ECON 200 A2/1, 3/86:30pm-8pmMGH 241
ENGL 131 Portfolio Workshop3/6, 3/7, 3/8, 3/95:30pm-6:30pmMGH
ENVIR 1002/2, 3/96:30pm-8pmMGH 251
MATH 120 Priority Drop-In1/24, 2/227pm-10pmMGH Commons
MATH 1241/29, 2/20, 3/108pm-9:30pm, 8pm-9:30pm, 5pm-7pmMGH 389
MATH 1251/24, 2/21, 3/108pm-9:30pm, 8pm-9:30pm, 7pm-9pmMGH 389
MATH 1261/24, 2/14, 2/21, 3/106:30pm-8pm, 8pm-9:30pm, 6:30pm-8pm, 5pm-7pmMGH 389,389,389,241
MATH 307 Priority Drop-In1/25, 1/29, 2/8, 2/21, 2/267pm-10pmMGH Commons
MATH 308 Priority Drop-In1/24, 2/8, 2/217pm-10pmMGH Commons
MATH 309 Priority Drop-In2/1, 2/5, 2/87pm-10pmMGH Commons
MATH 324 Priority Drop-In1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 2/227pm-10pmMGH Commons
PHYSICS 1141/30, 2/20, 3/88pm-9:30pm, 6:30pm-8pm, 6:30pm-8:00pmMGH 389
PHYSICS 1211/31, 2/28, 3/128pm-9:30pmMGH 241
PHYSICS 1221/23, 2/13, 3/128pm-9:30pmMGH 241,241,389
PHYSICS 122 B Honors1/23, 2/13, 3/128pm-9:30pmMGH 241,241,389
PHYSICS 225 Priority Drop-In1/23, 2/15, 3/137pm-10pmMGH Commons
PHYSICS 228 Priority Drop-In2/1, 3/1, 3/127pm-10pmMGH Commons
PHYSICS 322 Priority Drop-In1/25, 2/22. 3/137pm-10pmMGH Commons
PHYSICS 325 Priority Drop-In2/1, 2/22, 3/127pm-10pmMGH Commons
PSYCH 2101/18, 2/7, 3/76:30pm-8pmMGH 389
PSYCH/GWSS 2571/236:30pm-8pmMGH 271

CLUE in the HUB

Course Day Time Room
Math in the HUBTues2pm-5pmHUB 141 (Commuter & Transfer Commons)
Physics in the HUBTues1pm-4pmHUB 141 (Commuter &Transfer Commons)

Private Tutoring

If you are interested in private tutoring, please take the following steps first and then contact CLUE at We only offer options for private tutoring for subjects we offer at CLUE. We do not guarantee that there will be an available tutor nor do we manage the schedule or pay rate for private tutoring. We send out an inquiry and see if anyone is available, then connect you with that tutor. 

  1. If you have not yet stopped in for drop-in help or to a discussion session for a subject we cover, please do that first and try getting help that way. If you do come in for drop-in or a discussion session, identify the tutor that helps you the most and ask them if they would be interested in privately tutoring you. If they can't, then take the next steps and email us.
  2. We also have exam reviews for some subjects, so please check the exam review schedule and see if we offer a review for your course before requesting a private tutor.
  3. If after that you would still like a private tutor then we ask that you email and tell us the subject you want help with, the amount of hours/days per week you were thinking, and the location you prefer (if any). Any other details about specific subjects or areas you want help with and age/grade level helps as well. Then we will try to get a hold of tutors and contact you back. We only have access to our tutoring staff and no other outside staff. 

Thank you for your interest and support of CLUE!

Below are links for lists of departmental tutors that you can investigate. You will need to contact the tutor directly or the specific department for questions. 

 • Chemistry
 • Math
 • Physics
 • Econ

You can also go to our page on other campus resources to find other centers on campus that provide tutoring services.

Conversation Groups

Please join us for CLUE Conversation Sessions! Groups will meet Tuesdays from 5-6pm in either McMahon or Alder Hall. Please see the schedule below for location. These are spaces where international and multilingual students can:

  • Get comfortable discussing life and culture at the UW 
  • Become confident improving communication skills and speaking English
  • Think through the connections between their home culture and the U.S. and other countries
  • Build up resources that support daily English practice (such as pronunciation support)

Below is a schedule of topics for the quarter.

Activity Day Time Room
How have you connected and made friends?Jan 17th5pm-6pm Alder Hall - Commons Room
Academic Success and Time ManagementJan 24th5pm-6pm McMahon Hall - Pompeii Room
How is life going studying in the U.S.?Jan 31st5pm-6pm Alder Hall - Commons Room
Major selection and advising at the University of WashingtonFeb 7th5pm-6pm McMahon Hall - Pompeii Room
Dating and relationships in the U.S.!Feb 14th5pm-6pm McMahon Hall - Pompeii Room
Successful communication skills for different situationsFeb 21st5pm-6pm Alder Hall - Commons Room
Achieving success at the University of WashingtonFeb 28th5pm-6pm McMahon Hall - Pompeii Room

Frequently Asked Questions


Have you had a great experience at CLUE? Tell the world about it! To send us more extensive feedback, you can fill out a CLUE Review.

Through CLUE I have made new friends. It helped me adapt to college classes by teaching me useful techniques in writing papers and reading effectively.

I loved the discussions because they allowed me to think of the topics on a deeper level, and encouraged others to do the same.

You believed in me and gave me the extra opportunities I needed to succeed and I thank you.

Shout out to Thao for a great Physics 123 review session last night! It was definitely helped me review the material! Probably the best session I've been to yet! Keep doing you!!! :)

Shout-out for Ryan Beaty for a great review session for PHYS 322!

Jesse was really helpful with teaching Math 307!

I had Jesse for the MATH 309 Exam Review Session on April 26th, 2015. I had a great experience -- Jesse was incredibly clear, helpful, and it was evident that he knew exactly what he was talking about. I felt like he was able to help me understand the necessary concepts that I needed to know in order to do well on my exam this week. He did an amazing job and I would recommend that he do ALL of the future Math Review Sessions. Keep up the amazing work Jesse!

Jesse is the best. I am always relieved when I see that he's my tutor for a review session, because I know I'll be in good hands. Honestly. This man should be a professor. He's very thorough and friendly, and even excited. He's great at what he does and always puts on the most helpful review sessions. I'm his biggest fan. He's knows exactly what we're going over in class and really lays it out.

Math 307 exam review on 28th April by Jamie Nunez was great. She sure is a good clue tutor :)

The Excel workshop was very informative and I learned a lot. But, it was hard to find out information about the session after I heard about it during the CLUE Dawg Daze events. Next time post time/location/room number on the CLUE Website.

CLUE excel workshop was really helpful! I never used excel before coming here, and now I feel confident enough to use it for chem 142.

it cool

All of Chloe's math exam review sessions are super helpful! She's a huge help and has a wonderful attitude!

Great program with excellent, accessible resources

Clue is great. Does this show up on the website?

Because of CLUE, I got a CLUE!

I love Jamie and everyone is so helpful!

CLUE is AWESOME!! Love the exam review sessions, they should expand that and offer reviews for more classes!

Shout out to Katie for helping me with the math 125 midterm papers. You rock!

wow so awesome