mike p
Primary Location:
Hamden, CT
Summer Location:
Hamden, CT
Ivy Bound Tutor Since:
Southern Connecticut State University
Grad School:
University of Bridgeport
Perfect SAT Score:
1600 (2 sections)

Programs I specialize in:

  • Academic Tutoring: K-12
  • ACT
  • ISEE
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • SSAT
  • Study Skills


I have privately tutored for the SAT since 2004. I have also taught over 250 classroom SAT and ACT sessions for Ivy Bound.  Before joining Ivy Bound, I specialized in teaching English as a Second Language but was also an adjunct professor teaching freshman composition courses to both native and non-native (English) speakers.  At Yale, I conducted English conversation classes for over ten years.

I’ve spent my days increasing the average number of careers Americans enter in their lives, which is purported to be six.  I have an associate degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Advocate newspapers.  I have a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in secondary education.



University of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT

  • Master’s in Secondary Education

Southern Connecticut State University 
New Haven, CT

  • Bachelor’s in English




  • Math 780
  • Critical Reading 800
  • Writing 800



What we’d like every parent and student to know about Mike Paultz is that he will figure out how to capitalize on individual strengths and get the best test scores possible. Mike has this magical capacity to make learning material and test strategy interesting, and sometimes even fun.  Mike is interesting, interested, personable, motivating and reassuring. He is dedicated and committed to his students and  their needs. Mike communicates easily between parent and student. We figure that using Mike for three out of our four children (we didn’t know about him or  IVY BOUND the first time around) is the strongest testimonial we could make. Deb and Ron 

“Before starting my Ivy Bound course, the SAT seemed intimidating.  Afterward, however, I felt confident and knew what to expect on test day. Classes were made engaging by great instructors like Mike Paultz.  He and other instructors were not only knowledgeable about the subject matter, but were also very familiar with the format of the test.  Today, I’ve been accepted to the school of my dreams, and Ivy Bound was an integral part of that.    Thank you for making this possible!” Adam H.

Just a quick note to let you know my daughter was admitted early decision to Vassar. Her SAT scores were 670 Math, 700 verbal and 760 writing. She has always done well in English and other verbal areas, so her verbal score was not unexpected.

She has not, however, been among those who are tops in math – so I am confident her math score was a result of the training received by you. You forced her to take more math practice tests than she really wanted to do, and I am positive this helped. She also seemed to have a better grasp of math shortcuts after her sessions.

As for the writing, you were extremely helpful in giving her advice which catapulted her into the top echelon of students in this area.

Thanks again for your professional and courteous instruction and the Ivy Bound methodology.   Bruce K.