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Tutoring & Studying Resources

Tutoring Resources:

Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) – students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for services with DOR as they may cover the cost of private tutoring. Contact: Maria Flores-Jimenez, M.S., Sr. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, San Luis Obispo Branch, email: maria.flores-jimenez@dor.ca.gov, phone: (805) 549-3368

Strategies for Improving Learning & Test Taking

Be sure to check out Getting Good Grades with Gadgets for information about mainstream and/or assistive technologies to succeed in school. On that webpage, you'll find a list of gadgets that can assist students with notetaking, reading, writing, studying, research, time management, organization, math, and more.


Audio Notetaking Technologies:

Check out Audio Notetaking Technology Comparison to learn about some of the notetaking technology options such as the Livescribe smartpen, Glean, and OneNote that can help students keep up with lectures and retain the information.

If you would like to explore your eligibility to record class lectures as an accommodation, please contact your Access Specialist.  If you are not approved for the accommodation of recording lecture information but are interested in doing so for your personal review, we recommend reaching out to your instructor to request permission. 

If you’d like a consultation or training on any of the audio notetaking technologies linked above (e.g., OneNote, Glean, Livescribe smartpen, tablet apps), just call the DRC front desk to schedule an appointment with John Lee, Assistive Technology Specialist: 805-756-1395.

Notetaking strategies & tips: 

Check out the Academic Skills Center for more information on these topics:

Financial Resources

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to afford the technology you need to be academically successful, you can contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to determine if there are any resources available to assist you. 

Cal Poly CARES 

Get help covering your COVID-19 expenses today! Cal Poly has federal CARES Act funds and other funding sources to provide you with relief for medical expenses, rent, technology needs, and more. Apply for an emergency grant through Cal Poly Cares today.

Basic needs

Basic Needs Initiative - Information on food pantry, meal vouchers, emergency housing, and emergency grants. 

Cal Fresh

Know that as a DRC Student you may be eligible for up to $194/month for groceries through Cal Fresh.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Cal Fresh staff and see if you may qualify! 

You can schedule an appointment through the Cal Fresh website or write them directly at calfresh@calpoly.edu

Interested in learning more? Here's a 2-minute video about Cal Fresh.

Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid Office - Assistance with financial aid needs, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. 

Building 1 (Administration), Room 212 

Phone: (805) 756-2927


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Location: Bldg 124 (Student Services, across from Spanos Stadium)
Phone: 805-756-1395
Fax: 805-756-5451
Email: drc@calpoly.edu

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