Student Support

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School offers students a wide range of tutoring services, programs, workshops, and online resources all designed to help students enhance their academic, writing, and communication skills and excel in the classroom.


Early Alert Form
Faculty members can submit the PGBS Early Alert Form to alert the Program Office to any student(s) who is exhibiting signs of major difficulty in your class and may need extra support. Some indications may include:

  • Behavior that is inconsistent with the student's typical performance (e.g., disengagement, suddenly missing multiple assignments/class sessions)
  • Low academic achievement (i.e., unlikely to pass the class)
  • Has revealed information (directly or indirectly) about a personal hardship or crisis
  • Unusual or unexpected classroom behavior that may be interfering with the learning environment

If the concern is urgent in nature and requires an emergency response, please do not use this form. Instead, call 911 or Pepperdine Public Safety (310-506-4441 if in Malibu).

The PGBS Early Alert Form is routed to the Programs Office. The report is not copied to the student being referred.

Writing Tutoring and Presentation Support
Writing Consultants provide specialized tutoring and assistance with writing projects and offer expert advice and instruction on preparing classroom presentations.

Students can book an online appointment at

If a student cannot find an appointment time that works for them, they can email to arrange evening or weekend tutoring hours as requested.

Wyzant Online Content Tutoring
Faculty and staff can submit the PGBS Early Alert Form to refer students to receive free online content tutoring in subjects such as finance, economics, accounting, statistics, and more. Wyzant tutors are experienced tutors who have been pre-screened to have the appropriate academic/professional credentials.

Exam Proctoring

Malibu Campus
Faculty members can submit this form to request either a room reservation or proctoring options for on-campus exams and make-up exams on the Malibu campus. If you have questions regarding this form or the proctoring options available to you at the Malibu campus, please email

Calabasas Campus
For Calabasas campus proctoring options and processes, contact Leslie Haggard.

Encino Campus
For Encino campus proctoring options and processes, contact Crystal Cabral.

Irvine Campus
For Irvine campus proctoring options and processes, contact Pam Ortega.

West Los Angeles
For West Los Angeles campus proctoring options and processes, contact Gary Greer.

Online Academic Support Resources
Explore the many additional writing, communication, and academic resources available to students on the Student Success section of the website. This includes writing citation guides, plagiarism avoidance information, presentation templates and technology tutorials, previous workshop recordings and resources, quantitative and excel support, English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources, and much more. View this brief webinar or presentation slides to learn more about accessing these resources.

Students can attend one of our Student Success workshops offered throughout the academic year. Workshops are currently offered in an online, webinar format. Each workshop is focused on skills and topics designed to help students enhance their writing and communication skills to excel in the classroom.

Faculty are welcome to request custom workshops or webinars for in-class presentations on topics related to writing, academic, or communication skills by emailing

Individualized Academic Support Strategies
All PGBS students are welcome to make an appointment with a member of the Student Engagement and Success team to discuss academic support resources and personalized success plans. These appointments may include: overviewing the student's goals for the term and how to best reach them; strategies specific to student personal strengths and weaknesses, such as time management tactics; and access to someone to help hold students accountable in reaching their personal academic goals as they progress throughout the term. Students can email for more information or make an appointment at

LinkedIn Learning
The LinkedIn Online Training Library at Pepperdine University is a professional resource available to all current faculty, staff, and students. It offers more than 13,000 online courses on a wide variety of professional skills, creative skills, and computer software.

All PGBS students are provided with a free, premium Grammarly subscription during their first term as a student. Grammarly is an online grammar and spelling checker that improves written communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. It also functions as a plagiarism checker, helps students to identify their tone when writing, and much more. Students will receive an email with a link to activate their free account during approximately the third or fourth week of their first term (after the add-drop period). More information about Grammarly may be found on the Student Success website.

Tech Support
Tech support is available through Tech Central 310-506-HELP (4357) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. IT is also providing live, online group training on Zoom and Courses (Sakai). Take a look at the training schedule.

Pepperdine Libraries
The Graduate Campus Libraries (Drescher/West LA/Encino/Irvine) are closed until further notice. In the meantime, online support is available through the Pepperdine Libraries website, including access to databases and e-journals, interlibrary loan, Harvard Business Review articles, research guides, and synchronous research support with a Librarian.