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I have no problem with bribes, though sports tickets sound rather
excessive. You need to find a way to get them motivated to the
point they don't need the bribes anymore (a lot like training a
puppy!). You don't say what age they are, but keep it simple. A
big motivator in my class is pass privileges; if they aren't
making a C or better, they don't get to use the pass. You do
have to be a careful about not making too big of a show with
handing out prizes for working; sometimes it can backfire and
become almost a pride thing to _not_ get one. I think a quiet,
individual presentation works best.