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

Sun Oct 11


Mon Oct 12


Tues Oct 13


Wed Oct 14

  • CHEM 152 Exam Review 8-9:30 MGH 241
  • MBIO 250 Exam Review 6:30-8 MG 241
  • NUTR 200 Exam Review 6:30-8 MGH 389

Thurs Oct 15


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–Thurs7 pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
Chemistry in the HUBWed11am-2pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
MathSun–Thurs7 pm– midnightMGH 1st Floor Commons
Math in the HUBThurs12-3pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
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 & Mon7 pm– 10 pmMGH 171
ChineseSun & Tue7 pm– 9 pmMGH 171
FrenchSun & Tues7 pm– 10 pmMGH 171
JapaneseMon & Wed7 pm– 9 pmMGH 171
KoreanTues & Thurs7 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 395Monday8:00-9:30 pmMGH 228
AES 150Monday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 228
BIOC 440Wednesday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 238
ECON 200 AWednesday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 251
ECON 200 BWednesday8:00-9:30 pmMGH 251
ECON 201Monday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 251
LING 100Monday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 254
LING 200Tuesday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 234
MGMT 200Sunday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 287
NUTR 200Wednesday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 287
PSYCH 101 A/DTuesday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 254
PSYCH 101 C/FSunday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 238
PSYCH 202Sunday, Thursday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 254
PSYCH 209Tuesday6:30-8:00 pmMGH 295

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 Workshoptbd5pm-6pm tbd

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
6:30-8:00 pmMGH
CHEM Excel WorkshopMGH
MATH 1256:30-8:00 pmMGH
MATH 1268:00-9:30 pmMGH
6:30-7:30 pmMGH
8:00-9:30 pmMGH
6:30-8:00 pmMGH

CLUE in the HUB

Course Day Time Room
Chemistry in the HUBWed11am-2pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
Math in the HUBThurs12-3pmHUB 141 (Commuter Commons)
Physics in the HUBTues1-4pmHUB 141 (Commuter 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 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)

Below is a schedule of topics for the quarter.

Activity Day Time Room
Welcome back the new year10/67:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Parenting & Family10/137:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Study Tips/Course recommendations10/207:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Pumpkin carving & Halloween10/277:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Cool clubs on campus and other fun things to do11/37:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Applying to majors11/177:00-9:00pmMGH 284
How to get a car and a license11/247:00-9:00pmMGH 284
American slang12/17:00-9:00pmMGH 284
Relationships & Communication12/87:00-9:00pmMGH 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.


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 :)