Writing and Learning

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Become a Tutor

The Writing and Learning 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. 

Writing and Learning 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 $16.20 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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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