Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

Writing Support

WRITING CONSULTATIONS

The Writing and Learning Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students. Students may visit one of three locations and work one-to-one with a consultant on any project for any course. During consultations, peer tutors help students improve their writing skills at any stage in the process, whether getting started or polishing a final draft. The center offers a unique space for students across disciplines to share strategies for communicating effectively in various contexts. 

Get peer-to-peer support on the following:

  • Generating and organizing your ideas
  • Focusing your thoughts
  • Clarifying your purpose
  • Developing support for your topic
  • Preparing for the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
  • Reviewing grammar and punctuation

WRITING SUPPORT COURSES

The following courses

ENGL 135: Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial
Directed, weekly practice in writing in a laboratory environment. Open to all students enrolled in ENGL 129, ENGL 130, ENGL 131, ENGL 132, ENGL 133, or ENGL 134; required for students enrolled in the Writing and Rhetoric Stretch Program during the second quarter of the sequence, concurrently with ENGL 130 or ENGL 132. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 laboratory. This course is repeatable for a total credit limited to 2 units.

ENGL 150: Writing Tutorial
Guided discussion and practice of writing strategies for students seeking support for writing-related coursework and/or the GWR. Weekly, individualized sessions with a peer writing consultant offering feedback based on the audience, purpose, and context of a writing task. Open to all students. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 activity. This course is repeatable for a total credit limited to 4 units. 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Writing and Learning Support Consultations 

January 6 - March 18

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.