About CPI

The Center for Personalized Instruction (CPI), located in the University Library of the Academic Building on Madonna University's Livonia campus, is a student-focused office where resources are readily accessible and student learning is enhanced by providing individualized academic support.

Aligning with the Franciscan values of Madonna University, the mission of the Center for Personalized Instruction is to cultivate a supportive learning environment by providing intentional academic support that empowers students to become confident and successful learners.

Contact CPI

Center for Personalized Instruction
Academic Building, University Library

Tutoring Center Hours

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm 

Tutoring Hours

Winter 2024 Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm (in person/virtual)
Saturday: Hours vary based on tutor availability 
*additional hours may be available upon request.

You can always reach us via email at cpi@madonna.edu 

CPI Staff

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Dr. Chris BensonInterim Director of CPI and TRIO SSS

Dr. Chris Benson

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Lindsay TaipalaSr. Coordinator for Tutoring Services & SI

Lindsay Taipala

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Sylvia Dixon head shot

Sylvia DixonOffice Manager

Sylvia Dixon

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Sister Joan

Sr. Joan RoosaProfessional Tutor

Sr. Joan Roosa

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CPI offers tutoring for Madonna University undergraduate students in a variety of courses each semester at no cost. Tutoring involves a one-hour weekly session by appointment with a tutor who excels in a specific area of study. CPI employs tutors who are specially trained to help students master course content while improving study skills.

1 on 1 tutoring is available starting the 2nd week of the semester: January 15, 2024, and will end April 26, 2024. 

To schedule an appointment please click here

First time seeing a tutor? Register here

*Please note, tutoring is done online via Zoom and in-person.

Supplemental Instruction

While one-on-one tutoring is available, CPI also coordinates the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, which provides free peer-led small group study sessions on a regular basis for students enrolled in select courses. Sessions are led by students who have previously mastered the course content. During the session, SI leaders help students by integrating the more difficult content of the course with study skills. Students work together in reviewing notes, readings, and strategizing methods to better understand course content. The SI program works to do the following:

  1. To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
  2. To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  3. To increase the graduation rates of students

Supplemental Instruction starts the 2nd week of the semester: January 15, 2024, and will end April 26, 2024. 

*Please note SI sessions are primarily done in person.

Success Strategy Workshops

During the fall and winter semesters CPI presents success strategy workshops focused on topics that promote the intellectual and personal growth of students. Each workshop is designed to provide information, methods, and strategies to help students succeed. All Madonna University students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend at no cost. Workshop topics include the following:

  • Academic skill building topics
  • Time management
  • Career exploration
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Study abroad exploration

Crash Course

Free videos on a variety of subjects, such as: A.I., Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, History, Literature, Media, Philosophy, Political Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Study Skills, and Theater

Click here to access Crash Course!

Tour the Tutoring Room

You can click the green circles below to learn more about this space.