Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Additional Resources

Take advantage of these additional support resources:
 

On-Campus Resources

Academic Skills Center: The Academic Skills Center offers a variety of enrichment programs and campus support services. Programs include Supplemental Workshops in Math and Science and Study Session groups for challenging entry-level STEM courses. Campus support includes online study strategies and a list of campus tutoring services.

 

Cross Cultural Centers: The Cross Cultural Centers contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity for a more inclusive and welcoming campus. Our Gender Equity Center, Men & Masculinity Program, MultiCultural Center, and Pride Center present services and programs to support our students under the shared values of family, diversity, learning, growth, and advocacy.

 

Dream Center: Dream Center is committed to offering a safe, inclusive space for all undocumented students, those from mixed-status families, and their allies. The Dream Center maintains the confidentiality of individual students while fostering a welcoming community environment that aligns with the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Dream Center offers a range of programs and services to educate the campus community and support undocumented students’ access, persistence, graduation, and post-graduate pursuits.

 

Disability Resource Center: The Disability Resource Center (DRC) cultivates an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. We facilitate student learning and access through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.

 

Kennedy Library's Research Help Desk: The library's major reference and research support site with links to the Research Help Desk; a 24-Hour Chat system; and Data, Maps, and GIS assistance 

 

Kennedy Library's Self-Guided Research 101 Tutorial: An online, self-paced tutorial with loads of strategies for understanding the expectations of assignments, generating a topic, researching, and citing information

 

Mustang Success Center: The Mustang Success Center supports undergraduate students with their transition and integration into Cal Poly. The center’s staff provides accessible academic advising that guides students to clear pathways of success and timely graduation. 

 

Online resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): An expansive website with detailed information on punctuation, sentence structure, tips for multilingual writers, business writing, and more; includes current style guidelines for APA and MLA

 

PhET Interactive Simulations in Math and Science: Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

 


 

 

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Upcoming Events

Writing and Learning Support Consultations 

January 6 - March 18

WPE Dates, 2019-2020 

October 1, 2, and 5
January 25, 28, and 29
April 21, 22, and 25


*For WPE preparatory resources, click here.

Academic Preparation and Placement

Cal Poly adheres to the CSU's placement practice, which evaluates multiple measures of pre-college academic performance to determine placement in first-year English and math courses. Cal Poly also offers summer support courses in compliance with the CSU's Early Start Program to help incoming first-year students prepare for a successful college experience. For more information, click here.

Writing and Learning Center

The university's Writing and Learning Center intends to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations through peer-to-peer support in reading comprehension, writing, test preparation, and various subjects in addition to academic support workshops. Students may work with a peer consultant in Kennedy Library, 111C, and multiple University Housing locations. For more information, click here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

All degree-seeking Cal Poly students, including a Master's degree or teaching credential, must fulfill the GWR.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can attempt to fulfill the requirement and should do so before the senior year. The two pathways to GWR completion are 1) in an approved upper-division course and 2) via the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). For more information, click here.