Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Campus Tutoring

Get peer-to-peer learning support. 

The Writing and Learning Center supports student success by offering peer-to-peer learning opportunities in a welcoming environment. Undergraduate and graduate tutors are available for one-to-one or small-group consultations on activities, assignments, writing projects, or exams for courses in all six colleges, including foundational courses in each department and key subject areas like written communication, mathematics, statistics, biology, and engineering. Tutoring services at the Writing and Learning Center are FREE for all Cal Poly students.
To view our current course coverage, visit the Writing and Learning Center tutoring schedule (log in required). If the course or subject for which you need assistance is not listed on the tutor schedule, fill out this request form and a staff member will contact you.

Get connected with a tutor.

The Center's free, collaborative consultations are student-driven, which means that the learning experience is propelled by the specific questions and individual needs a student brings to a tutoring session. As a result, the Writing and Learning Center offers a unique space on campus dedicated to student-centered learning. 

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Click here for instructions on how to engage in a virtual tutoring session, or email us for assistance. For immediate Writing and Learning Center support during standard business hours, you can also connect to our virtual front desk.

Visit our Tutoring Hours webpage.

The Writing and Learning Center offers virtual and in-person tutoring appointments with four locations across campus and hours available daily Sunday thru Friday. For more information on our hours and locations, visit the Tutoring Hours webpage.

Connect with Additional Support Resources.

Students have access to a number of on-campus and online resources that support their academic success. We have curated a few of them on the Additional Support Resources webpage. Take a look!

Contact us for help.

If you are having trouble making an appointment or have a question about our services, please contact the center for assistance.

Writing and Learning Center Contact Information

Location: Building 35, Room 111C
Telephone: 805.756.6032
E-mail Addresswritingandlearning@calpoly.edu

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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