Teacher Review: The Pros & Cons of Teaching for Magic Ears

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Honest review … Magic Ears is an online English tutoring company – and they are constantly hiring! This is a fairly new company, so there is an opportunity to move up in rank quickly with secondary positions. I started working for them in April this year and my starting pay was $22/hour. It is a wonderful company to work for.

Related: How to Teach for Magic Ears in 2019

The Good

You are treated as a person, not a number.  I receive emails, calls and texts via Skype regularly when they (or myself) wish to communicate.  There is always a way to contact someone if you need assistance.

You are not penalized for sick or emergency days.  No voice, stuffy congested head – no worries. Inform them that you are sick and Magic Ears will trust you.  No doctor’s note required.

Teaching platform is awesome and smooth.  Very rare to have tech issues. The classes are interactive and engaging for both the students and the teacher, which makes the time fly by.  Classes are 25 minutes long.

The company is so kind to you as a person.  I am often called or emailed with a message to tell me I did a good job.  Even feedback from them about an area to improve on is given in a loving manner in order to help me to be a better teacher.

Work from anywhere in the world as long as you have a stable and fast internet connection.  Currently, I am living in the Dominican Republic. I work early in the mornings for a couple of hours then take a break and walk across the street to the beach all day.  After dinner, I work for an additional couple of hours in the evening.

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Do I like waking up early and staying up late at night?  NO! But, Magic Ears pays really well and the schedule permits me to do whatever I please during the whole day … which is getting a tan on the beach, taking a walk or snorkeling for fresh conch to cook for dinner that day.  This sure beats the wintery mix in the Northeast right now (I came from Pennsylvania, USA).

Speaking of the US, Magic Ears only hires native teachers from Canada or the United States.  They are looking for a specific accent.

Starting pay is great with a chance to go up to $26 per hour.

The Bad

Honestly, the only con for me was the length of time it takes to get started. And even this (although annoying) is a good thing. I got hired in early April and it took about 3 weeks for me to complete the application, training and probationary period. This is because they pace it very slowly and it is not possible to hurry and finish it all in a few days (even though I wanted to).

Then, I was teaching classes – but this was also a slow process. For the next 3 weeks, I was only scheduled 1 or 2 classes a day. Finally, after almost 2 months, I was teaching almost every slot I choose to open up.

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The Rest

Be willing to accept constructive criticism.  Once you are on a roll teaching, you will receive feedback or Skype messages telling you to improve on a specific topic.  This is not optional and you must make adjustments to your teaching style immediately or you will not have future bookings.  Remember, we are hired to work for someone else’s company and they have a right to call the shots. Don’t take things personally and put up an offensive “I know what I’m doing” attitude.  Just listen to their suggestions and make a slight adjustment.

I hope this answered some of your questions regarding this ESL company.  I really do like working for Magic Ears and I highly recommend it.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.  Below is a link to apply – you will have a better chance of getting hired if you use a referral code.




  1. Thank you very much, your information was very informative. They have already reached out to me and I wanted to hear from someone who had experience with the company.

    • Thank you for this.
      what hours do u normally work? I have a baby and would need to be able to work around her needs, whike shes sleeping, or be able to get a sitter.

      • Hi Jess – it depends on your time zone but the most popular hours are generally PM hours in China, so mornings on the US East Coast and super early mornings on US West Coast.

  2. Thank you so much!! Your review, very helpful. Gave insight to the timeframe

  3. Hello! Thank you so much for an insightful article. Only question is, do they require previous teaching skills?

    • No, experience is definitely an asset but not a requirement.

    • Hi,
      I am currently teaching and would like to supplement my income. I have been doing research into online companies and I really like the reviews I have been seeing for Magic Ears! I’ve got a few quick questions regarding the early morning time slots. I leave at 6:45 to travel daily. Is it possible to pick up a class or two before leaving? How late are the time slots in the evening?
      Thank you!

      • Hi Dar – what is your current time zone?

  4. Are available hours set or can they be changed? I can set my hours but every 8 weeks when my daughter’s school schedule changes, one of my days might change. I only have this for the next year. Also when you go on vacation, is it possible to teach from another location?

    • Hi Rhonda – I believe you can open and close your schedule as needed.

  5. Once you’re up and running, how many hours can you teach? Could it be enough to be considered a full time job making $46,000/year?

  6. Good day,

    I am a South African citizen and would like to know if I could apply? I do have a degree an would be very interested to teach English online.

    • Hi Robyn – right now I believe they only accept applicants from USA or Canada.

    • @Robyn, I am also from SA, have you had any success thus far in being accepted by any online companies that accept SA’s. if you could let me know your experiences etc that would be great, i am totally new to this industry.
      Mandy Burger
      South Africa

  7. Do you have to have a bachelors degree to work for Magic Ears? I have an associates degree.

  8. Hello
    quick question I am applying to a teacher in our school district and I will be taking online master classes ontop of it. How long is the contract for magic ears? And can I do it as little or as much as I want because I have 2 kids and a husband that I dont want to neglect either in this whole process?
    Thank you so much for your time

    • Hi Kari – contracts are 6mo I believe and you can set your own schedule within the available hours for a bit of flexibility.


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