Magic Ears is an online English tutoring/ teaching platform that matches English teachers with Chinese students that are learning to speak English. It is similar to the other platforms that I have blogged about on this website such as VIPKid and DADA. It is very similar to those platforms of course there are some differences.
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What is Magic Ears?
Magic Ears is one of many English tutoring platforms that match native speaking English teachers with Chinese students who are learning English between the ages of 5 and 12. Magic Ears is based out of Beijing, China. It was founded in 2017 so it is one of the newer companies out there. The school hours are between 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (BJT) Beijing Time, Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (BJT) Saturday and Sunday. If you teach for Magic Ears and live in North America, you will be working very early morning hours.
Magic Ears provides the platform and teaching material needed to teach the classes. The classes are 25 minutes long. Unlike VIPKid or DADA, Magic Ears is NOT a one-to-one student to teacher ratio, instead a class can consist of one teacher and one to four students. This is a big difference and applicants should be aware of this before applying.
Magic Ears is growing rapidly. They tend to pay about 30% higher than other online ESL companies. As mentioned, teachers are teaching 25 minute group lessons. Magic Ears does offer penalty free sick and emergency days which makes them unique in the industry as well. Teachers are eligible for pay raises every 6 months.
Hiring Process and Pay
Magic Ears primarily hire native English speakers from North America. Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have one year of teaching experience (in almost anything). Magic Ears would prefer the candidate have a teaching certificate.
Hiring candidates must have a reliable computer and an internet connection. Magic Ears requires teachers to use headphones with a microphone and teach in a clean and well-lite area.
- Fill Out an Online Application – make sure you are honest and accurate.
- Teach a 10-minute demo lesson. You have 2 options: live or recorded demo. Magic Ears prefers you do the live demo. You must be well-prepared and VERY energetic throughout the demo.
- Complete Teacher Training. You will learn everything about Magic Ears: the platform, the students, and teacher expectations. You will take a quiz and meet with a mentor teacher.
- Teach a Trial class. You will teach a 25-minute class for 4 students, Magic Ears will evaluate your performance and you will be paid for this.
- Submit a criminal background check.
- Sign a 6-month contract. If everything goes well for steps 1 through 5.
On average Magic Ears pays about 30% more than most of the other online English tutoring platforms. Teachers receive $18 to $26 per hour plus bonuses.
- $ 1 bonuses for arriving for the lesson being taught 3 minutes early and teaching as scheduled
- $ 1 bonus per class for teaching 60 classes a month during peak time hours
- $ 2 bonuses for teaching a standby class. This is teaching a class for another teacher that isn’t able to teach for some reason. You can receive $5 for being on standby but not teaching a class.
- Teacher referral bonus- you can make $70 per teacher that signs up, is hired, and teaches 40 classes if they use your referral link.
Magic Ears pays its teacher via PayPal or direct deposit. Payments are paid on the 10th of the month for work completed the previous month. Teachers are independent contractors so they must account for taxes.
Tips for Getting Hired
The hiring process is very simple with Magic Ears but it is actually difficult to get hired so you may want to consider these tips before going through the process.
Hiring Tips for Passing the Mini Demo
- Prepare and over prepare for the mini demo
- Make sure you have a good internet connection
- Make sure you have very good lighting
- Use a headset with a microphone
- Teach from a designated location with a clean or education backdrop
- Keep the noise low during the demo
- Know the material you will be teaching very well.
- Be VERY energetic throughout the demo and show your personaility
Pros and Cons
Magic Ears is very similar to many English teaching platforms that you will find online. The reviews are mixed but I have found that most people are happy with the platform that have worked for them. Of course, there are some downsides but nothing is perfect. The following list of pros and cons have been compiled by what other Magic Ears teachers are saying online.
- Magic Ears places a high priority on making teachers feel valued and important
- The teaching platform is easy to navigate
- The pay is usually higher than what you find in the industry
- There are opportunities for advancement with the company
- Teachers are limited in the hours they can teach
- The application process is slow and many applicants are turned away for a variety of reasons
- Teaching a group of 4 students can be more challenging than the one-to-one ratio on other platforms
- You must keep a high level of energy when teaching which can be stressful and exhausting
Does Magic Ears sound right for you? If you are interested in working for this new and growing company please click on the banner below and fill out the online application to get started on your journey.