Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Course & Subject Support

The Writing and Learning Center offers free course- and subject-specific tutoring to all Cal Poly students. Peer tutors are available for one-to-one or group consultations on any course or subject across the six colleges. These 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

Peer tutors are available in the following courses & subjects:

CAeD CAFES CENG CLA  CSM  OCOB

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

If you are having trouble making an appointment or need help with a specific course or subject that we do not currently support, please contact the center for assistance.

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Upcoming Events

Writing and Learning Online Support 

April 6 - June 10

WPE Dates, 2019-2020 

October 1, 2, and 5
January 25, 28, and 29
April 21, 22, and 25


*For WPE preparatory resources, 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.

Writing and Learning Center

The university's Writing and Learning Center intends to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations through peer-to-peer support in reading comprehension, writing, test preparation, and various subjects in addition to academic support workshops. Students may work with a peer consultant in Kennedy Library, 111C, and multiple University Housing locations. 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 Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). For more information, click here.