CLUE brings students who might not otherwise interact academically and socially into vibrant learning communities with shared academic goals. We work to provide academic support to the full range of UW undergraduates.
Organic Learning Communities
We work to promote the growth and development of student learning communities that are based on shared needs, interests, and mutual investment in academic success.
Concept-Based Academic Support
Concept-based academic support creates independent learners who are able to drive their own academic progress.
Our tutors join a community of learners when they come to work at CLUE; we consider team-teaching to be a core part of our educational philosophy.
Respect for the Individual
We empower learners by meeting them at their current skill level while encouraging them to take risks and accept challenges.
Yes, CLUE is a free service for all UW undergraduates. Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee support our program.
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.
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 11pm. Drop-in for other areas of study are also available. Please see the schedule above for more information.
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.
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.
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.
No—all help is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (or CLUE) strives to further UW's mission to facilitate learning in small, comfortable environments.
Please visit our Campus Resources page for links to other available UW resources.
We invite all UW undergraduate students to take advantage of CLUE's resources.