What word in English describes a quality in person that allows him to learn from any kind of experience? Be this a hobby, homework, or any kind of activity. More specifically, I’m interested how would we call a person who can take advantage from various experiences to learn take new insight and learn something new.
Possibly Experiential Learner will work for you.
- The process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing"
I have come across the phrase Experiential Learning being used most recently at colleges to describe "the process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting" (UCDenver).
In lieu of formal definitions, I give you additional linked examples of use:
An autodidact is "a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person." (Dictionary.com) I have also heard "sponge" used similarly: He sponges up information. She's a data sponge.
I think, if someone learns from experience, we can say he is guided by experience.
If so, consider empiric.
One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory. (TFT)
Or assimilator as a noun, but here is an example from Dictionary.come as a verb:
He assimilated many new experiences on his European trip.
So, how about experience-assimilator.