Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Become a Tutor

Interested in working in the Writing and Learning Center?

The Writing and Learning Center employs over 100 undergraduate and graduate students from across all six colleges.

Becoming a tutor for courses in your major is one of the best ways to advance your knowledge of discipline-specific material. You will gain problem-solving skills and learning strategies as you help fellow students in and outside of your program of study. You'll be joining a vibrant community of learners, and serving as a peer tutor is an excellent addition to your resume. The center offers flexible schedules and a valuable paid-work experience.

If you're interested in tutoring for the Writing and Learning Center, please complete a Tutor Application, and a tutor coordinator will contact you. 

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Winter Quarter At-a-Glance

  • Take advantage of free tutoring from January 3 to March 16.

  • Enroll in supplemental workshops for science and math courses by the registration deadline on January 12, 2022.

  • Sign up for Study Sessions by the end of week six.

  • Enroll in UNIV 401 before the registration deadline to complete the GWR Portfolio.

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. More information is available on the Academic Preparation and Placement webpage

Academic Support

The Writing and Learning Initiatives Office offers a comprehensive menu of academic resources designed to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations: peer consultants offer free tutoring in any course or subject, peer-led supplemental workshops and study sessions provide support for STEM-specific courses, and the online Study Strategies Library offers a collection of resources to help you achieve your learning goals. More information is available on the Academic Support Programs webpage

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 GWR Portfolio. More information is available on the GWR webpage