Michael DePalatis



  • Chemistry
  • Math


  • ACT
  • AP Exams
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • Subject Tests


  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Zoom, etc.)


Mike grew up in a small town in the mountains of western Maryland, where he spent his time camping, skiing, and reading. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to find a way to do all three activities simultaneously.

As an undergraduate, Mike attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in chemistry and participated in the university’s elite Gemstone Honors program. After graduating, he worked as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry by day. By night, he took classes in advanced mathematics and pondered some of the most important issues facing the world today, such as the potential role of nuclear energy in solving the climate crisis and the mind-blowing awesomeness of dinosaurs with feathers.

Eventually, however, Mike grew tired of leading this double life. He therefore became a full-time graduate student, enrolling at Villanova University in pursuit of a master’s degree in chemical engineering.


I believe that the most important lesson anyone can learn is to love learning itself. I’ve learned the most from teachers who have taught me how to think – how to ask good questions, how to check my assumptions, how to approach problems, how to absorb information. Above all, what these teachers did for me was to encourage me to be endlessly curious. Being able to solve trigonometry problems or to identify an indirect object – or to ace a standardized test – is important, but it’s the desire to learn and understand that will keep you growing as a person long after you no longer have to worry about grades or test scores

Recent Writings

Michael tells us to find yourself a book. Find his blog about it here.