Writing and Learning

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Become a Tutor

The Learning Support Center Is Always Hiring!

Do you want to engage in learn by doing and make a positive impact on student success at Cal Poly? 

Join a team of over 100 undergraduate and graduate tutors who facilitate one-to-one and small group learning support consultations for courses in all six colleges including foundational courses in each department and key subject areas like written communication, mathematics, statistics, biology, and engineering. This is a great opportunity to assist your peers while strengthening your own discipline-specific knowledge, problem-solving skills, and study strategies. 

Learning Support Center tutors generally work between 4-12 hours per week, with shifts that accommodate their course schedules. The starting pay rate for this position is $16.25 per hour. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Sophomore standing or higher
  • Enrollment in six or more course units (four or more units if you are a graduate student) 
  • B- or better in the course(s) you wish to tutor. 
  • Availability to work at least four hours a week  
  • Willingness and availability to attend paid trainings and staff meetings  
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment
  • Recommendation from an instructor who teaches the course(s) you wish to tutor 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Prior experience as a learning support specialist (e.g., as a learning assistant, academic coach, supplemental workshop leader, study session leader, or tutor)
  • Experience and interest in tutoring multiple subject areas and/or multiple courses
  • For writing tutors: Completion of ENGL 368: Theory and Proactive of Peer-to-peer Writing Instruction, OR junior standing and completion of GE Area C2 (GE Area C1 for students on the 2019-2020 or earlier catalogs)  

Application Process 

Complete a Tutor Application, and a tutor coordinator will contact you. 

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Big News!

The Office of Writing and Learning is excited to co-sponsor a guest lecture from renowned literacy and language scholar Dr. April Baker-Bell on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. More information is available on the OUDI webpage.

Our offices have temporarily relocated as a result of the Library construction project. Come visit us in our new space in the Graphic Arts Building (26), Room 110A. We look forward to supporting your learning!

Connect. Collaborate. Achieve.

Academic Preparation and Transitions

The Academic Preparation and Transitions Department plays an integral role in help incoming first-year students prepare for a successful college experience through the Early Assessment Program and the Supportive Pathways for First-Year Students program. More information is available on the Academic Preparation and Transitions webpage

Learning Support Programs

The Learning Support Programs department offers a comprehensive menu of programs and resources designed to help you navigate course expectations and achieve your learning goals: free tutoring for subjects across the curriculum, peer-led supplemental workshops and study sessions provide support for STEM-specific courses, and an online study strategies library. More information is available on the Learning Support Programs webpage. 

Graduation Writing Requirement

All undergraduate students who are seeking a Cal Poly degree must fulfill the GWR before a diploma can be awarded. Students must have upp division standing (completed 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 GWR Portfolio. More information is available on the GWR webpage