What is CLUE?

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
  • CLUE in the Halls
  • Private Tutoring
  • Conversation Groups
  • Frequently Asked Questions

CLUE is Closed for Summer

Tonight @ CLUE

CLUE is CLOSED until Oct 1st!

Thanks for a wonderful year Huskies and have a great summer! See you next Fall!

Please email us with any questions or concerns at clue@uw.edu.

Drop-In Tutoring

Fiind 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–Thurs7 pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
MathSun–Thurs7 pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
Math in the HUBThurs11am-2pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
Math in McCartyMon & Wed7 pm- 10 pmMcCarty C
Math in PoplarMon & Wed7 pm- 10 pmPoplar 106
PhysicsSun–Thurs7 pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
Physics in the HUBTues1-4pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
Writing CenterSun-Thurs7 pm- midnightMGH 141 suite (CUADSS lobby)
BiologyWed7 pm– 10 pmMGH 1st Floor Commons
Computer Science EngineeringMon & Tues7 pm- midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
EconomicsSun, Tues & Thurs7 pm– 11:45pmMGH 1st Floor Commons
StatisticsSun & Thurs7 pm- midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
ArabicSun & Thurs7 pm– 10 pmMGH 171
ChineseSun & Mon7 pm– 9 pmMGH 171
FrenchSun & Tues7 pm– 10 pmMGH 171
JapaneseMon & Wed7 pm– 9 pmMGH 171
KoreanTues & Wed7 pm- 9 pmMGH 171
SpanishMon & Wed7 pm- 10 pmMGH 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 101Tuesdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 287
AAS 210Thursdays8:00-9:30pmMGH 254
AES 151Mondays8:00-9:30 pmMGH 287
AES 340Mondays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 287
ART 140Tuesdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 228
ASTR 101Tuesdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 251
ATMS 103Thursdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 234
DESIGN 166Wednesdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 238
ECON 200 ASundays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 231
ECON 201Tuesdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 241
ESRM 100Mondays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 228
JSIS 202Thursdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 254
LING 200Mondays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 238
LING/COM/ANTH 233Wednesdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 254
MGMT 200Sundays8:00-9:30 pmMGH 238
PSYCH 101 AThursdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 295
PSYCH 202Sundays, Thursdays6:30-8:00 pmMGH 228

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
English Composition Portfolio Workshop3/9, 3/10, 3/11, 3/125pm-6pm MGH 234, Poplar 106, McCarty C, MGH 234

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 1504/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/16:30-8:00 pmMGH 389
CHEM Excel WorkshopMGH
CHEM 1424/21, 5/12, 6/4MGH 238
CHEM 1524/20, 5/6, 6/8MGH 228
CHEM 1624/22, 5/18, 6/7MGH 389
CHEM 2374/26, 5/18, 6/4MGH 242
CHEM 2385/4, 5/25, 6/8MGH 234
CHEM 239 A/B4/13, 4/29, 5/18, 6/7MGH 238
CHEM 239 C4/13, 4/22, 5/20, 6/1MGH 238
CHEM 4534/29, 6/7MGH 284
CHEM 4554/15, 5/13, 6/3MGH 295
CHEM 4574/22, 5/20, 6/4MGH 288
ENVIR 1004/296:30-8MGH 251
MATH 1204/20, (B) 5/11, (A) 5/18, 6/5MGH 241, 241, 251, 241
MATH 1244/16, 5/17, 6/5MGH 241
MATH 1254/20-4/21, 5/18-5/19, 6/56:30-8:00 pmMGH 389
MATH 1264/20-4/21, 5/17-5/18, 6/58:00-9:30 pmMGH 389
MATH 3005/5, 6/46:30-7:30 pmMGH 284
MATH 3075/5, 5/13, 5/19, 6/78:00-9:30 pmMGH 254
MATH 3084/19, 4/29, 5/6, 5/11, 6/7MGH 228
MATH 3094/26, 5/26, 5/7, 6/4MGH 287
MATH 3244/19, 4/26, 5/5, 5/13, 5/17, 6/5MGH 288
MGMT 2005/36:30-8MGH 241
PHYS 114 A4/14, 5/3, 5/19, 6/8MGH 295
PHYS 114 B4/23, 5/26MGH 295
PHYS 1154/16, 5/14, 6/4MGH 251
PHYS 1164/16, 5/7, 5/26, 6/8MGH 241
PHYS 1214/14, 5/5, 5/26, 6/9MGH 241
PHYS 1224/14, 5/5, 5/26, 6/7MGH 251
PHYS 1234/15, 5/6, 5/27, 6/7MGH 241
PHYS 2244/23, 5/21, 6/10MGH 287
PHYS 2265/3, 6/7MGH 287
PHYS 2274/20, 5/25, 6/7MGH 287
PHYS 3214/23, 5/14, 6/10MGH 288
PHYS 3235/4, 6/8MGH 238
PSYCH 2024/12, 4/26, 5/11, 5/25, 6/86:30-8MGH 241
PSYCH 2104/22, 4/23, 5/13, 5/14, 6/3, 6/46:30-8MGH 241
STAT 311 B6/76:30-8:00 pmMGH 295

CLUE in the HUB

Course Day Time Room
Math in the HUBThurs11am-2pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
Physics in the HUBTues1-4pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)

CLUE in the Halls

Course Day Time Room
Math in McCartyMon & Wed7 pm- 10 pmC
Math in PoplarMon & Wed7 pm- 10 pm106

Private Tutoring

If you are interested in private tutoring, please take the following steps first and then contact CLUE at clue@uw.edu. 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 clue@uw.edu 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 & Thursdays from 7-9pm in MGH 284. 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)

Starting October 7th the conversation groups will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights. There will be two sessions a night (both covering the same topic). Session one runs from 7-8pm and session two runs from 8-9pm. Below is a schedule of topics for the quarter.

Activity Day Time Room
File tax together and part time jobs on campus4/97:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Study abroad programs with a guest speaker4/147:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Apply for graduate school--discuss with a guest speaker of successful graduate school applying experience4/167:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Discuss major applying experience4/217:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
What's fun in Seattle in April and May4/237:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Romantic relationships4/287:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Explore research opportunities and internships4/307:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Invite parents visiting for the summer: visa applications and what to expect5/57:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Soccer in Seattle: Sounders & Baseball in Seattle: Mariners5/77:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Local news--to engage with local news and incorpate it into conversations5/127:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
American Slang5/147:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Discuss Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)5/197:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Communication skills: emailing professors/employers, and small talks5/217:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
BBQ at Gas Works Park 5/267:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Wrap up a productive year at UW: what's the gains and what's for next year?5/287:00-8:00pm, 8:00-9:00pmMGH 284

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use CLUE?

We invite all UW undergraduate students to take advantage of CLUE's resources.

Is CLUE free?

Yes, CLUE is a free service for all UW undergraduates. Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee support our program.

Where is CLUE located?

We are primarily located in Mary Gates Hall (MGH) Commons (our office is MGH 161B in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success). We also host activities in the HUB and in the residence halls.

What are CLUE's hours?

Unless specified differently above, Evening Discussion and Review Sessions are held Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8pm or 8 to 9:30 pm throughout Mary Gates Hall. Drop-in Tutoring for Chemistry, Math, Physics and the Writing Center are held from 7pm to midnight. Drop-in for other areas of study are also available. Please see the schedule above for more information.

What are Class Discussions?

Class Discussions 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 traditional classroom. Click on the Discussion Sesssions tab above to see this quarter's schedule.

What is Drop-In Tutoring?

CLUE's drop-in tutoring service helps students explore course concepts and problems. In collaboration with CLUE Instructors, students uncover answers in one-on-one and small group settings. Please see the Drop-In Tutoring tab above to review this quarter's schedule. Tutoring takes place in the Mary Gates Hall First Floor Commons and students are invited to come and go as they please.

What is the CLUE Writing Center?

The CLUE Writing Center is an interdisciplinary, drop-in writing center open to all undergraduates. You can visit our Writing Center page to learn more about this program.

Does CLUE or the Writing Center make appointments?

No—all help is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What should I bring when I visit CLUE?

To make the best use of your time at CLUE, you should bring any relevant materials to the assignment(s) you are working on. This includes your textbook and lab manual, lecture notes, old tests, calculator, periodic table chart, and lots of pencils. Students visiting CLUE's Writing Center should be sure to bring the assignment prompt, readings for the assignment, and any previous drafts of the paper. All students should have in mind any specific questions they wish to ask of the Instructors. CLUE provides plenty of scratch paper and has copies of most introductory course textbooks you can borrow on a short-term basis. If you plan to work for an extended period, please be sure to have plenty of water with you and maybe a snack.

When should I start going to CLUE?

We are most interested in helping students deepen their knowledge throughout the quarter (as opposed to right before an exam). However, we do realize students have busy schedules and encourage them to attend CLUE whenever possible.

What are Exam Review Sessions?

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—visit the Exam Review Sessions tab above for this quarter's schedule.

Who are the CLUE Instructors?

CLUE Instructors are current and former graduate and experienced undergraduate students. These individuals often come to CLUE through recommendations from professors, teaching assistants, or peers. All CLUE Instructors maintain high grade point averages and have done exceptionally well in their areas of study. Our staff work part-time and many also tutor in other capacities on campus or privately. Their goal is not to simply provide answers. CLUE Instructors help students explore questions—and uncover answers collaboratively.

How do I apply to be a CLUE Instructor?

We're glad you are interested in helping other students. Please visit our Work With Us page to learn about the qualifications and how to apply to be a CLUE Instructor.

What are CLUE's goals?

The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (or CLUE) strives to further UW's mission to facilitate learning in small, comfortable environments. We have outlined our program's expectations and desired outcomes on our Mission page.

What other learning resources are available on campus?

Please visit our Campus Resources page for links to other available UW resources.

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 :)


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