Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Engage in collaborative learning on any project for any course at the Writing and Learning Center.

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The Writing and Learning Center supports academic achievement 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 any activity, assignment, or exam for over 250 courses and subjects across all six colleges. These free, collaborative consultations are student-driven, which means that the learning experience is propelled by the specific questions and individual needs the student(s) brings to the session. As a result, the center offers a unique space on campus dedicated to student-centered learning. 

Get peer-to-peer support on the following:

  • Course assignments
  • Problem sets
  • Exam preparation
  • General Study Skills

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

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Fall Quarter Updates


Writing and Learning Online Support 

September 14 - December 2

*Tutoring is virtual for fall quarter; for more information, click here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

*A GWR Portfolio has replaced the WPE; for more information, 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.

Academic Resources

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. 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 GWR Portfolio. For more information, click here.