Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Course & Subject Support

The Writing and Learning Center offers free tutoring on courses and subjects across the curriculum.

Peer tutors are available for one-to-one and small-group 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. To view our current course coverage, visit the Writing and Learning Center tutoring schedule (log in required).

Click here for hours of operation; click here to book a session with a peer tutor (log in required). Booking in advance is recommended, but last-minute appointments are possible as availability allows.

During fall, winter, and spring quarter, the center also offers drop-in tutoring hours for math and statistics, engineering, and architectural engineering in the Writing and Learning Center Help Hubs. 

          Monday - Thursday
               4 pm - 7 pm

      At the PCV Knowledge Center

           Tuesday & Thursday
                6 pm - 8 pm

                  Join here

         Monday & Wednesday
                 6 pm - 8 pm

                   Join here

Whether you schedule an appointment or drop-in to one of the Help Hubs, you'll receive peer support on the following:

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

Having Trouble Finding a Peer Consultant For a Specific Course or Subject?

If you need support in a course or subject not currently covered by our staff, please contact the center for assistance.

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Spring Quarter At-a-Glance


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