Is there a specific word or phrase to describe a person who is

  • impatient learning new things
  • dislikes reading lengthy passages
  • always likes learning by example plus doing experiments in parallel?

Note that I am the person in question.

  • “An eager but hotheaded student”, perhaps? I can think of no word that carries all the meanings you're looking for. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '13 at 19:16
  • Perhaps an autodidact? – Elliott Frisch Dec 31 '13 at 19:41
  • @ElliottFrisch: Perhaps an impatient, learn-by-example autodidact? – kiss my armpit Dec 31 '13 at 19:49
  • @StiffJokes An autodidact will learn it their way, regardless of how the teacher (or the material) is structured. When impatient, do you read ahead? – Elliott Frisch Dec 31 '13 at 19:52
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    It is called the pathology of being a normal human. – Blessed Geek Dec 31 '13 at 23:41

It sounds like you are describing some of the attributes of one of the learning styles known as the kinesthetic or tactile learner.


Without any reference to back me up, I believe this word fits all the attributes you gave:

an impatient experimenter


It's not exactly what you're looking for, but how about:


an unorthodox or independent-minded person:

  • I am so sorry, it is not suitable I think. :-) – kiss my armpit Dec 31 '13 at 19:08
  • No, I didn't think so. Maverick is someone who does things on their own - in their own way - probably not learning from someone else. – Will Dec 31 '13 at 19:10

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