For the sceals and essays should I just learn off phrases or should I learn off a full essay/sceal ??
Depends on what kind of learner you are. I learn off the full essay and try to make it fit whatever comes up for Eachtra, but you could just learn off phrases and make a story around them. Unless you have a creative mind and good Irish, I would recommend have an idea of a story line so you don't have to waste time thinking one up, and then needing vocab you don't have. That doesn't mean you have to learn one word for word though :)
Learn off phrases!!!!! I've said this I don't know how many times on this... Make sure you know each phrase in English also.
Do they not give you the topic?? I'm just learning lots of useful phrases.. I wouldn't be able to remember a full essay and I doubt I could make it work for any topic either.. Even though I'm not the best at Irish I'll make it up on the day and keep it simple!! I'll see how that works for the mocks and I might learn an essay for the real thing I'm not sure! x