Hey Yasmin. Im going to be appearing in the 2023 May/June session for As business, sociology, and psychology.
My personal experience with sociology hasn't been as good as I expected. I was in your position a few months back contemplating my A-level subjects. And I 100% agree with u sociology is theoretical.
1. It starts with 4 theorists (you'll have to study every chapter by including these 4 theorists in 70% of your arguments). This is from the pov of an average student who h a t e s learning about theories BUT these theories were the easiest part of the book and still Are.
2. This book has a lot of information and if u like messing with ur brain cells then I'd suggest u choose this book otherwise not. The information is easy to understand but as there are about 10 arguments on one topic u need to grasp all of it with understanding the viewpoint of each theorist. For example, there's a topic about Identities. now these identities include class identities (lower class, middle class, upper class), gender identities, male identities and their types, female identities and their types, and ethnic identities. All of these identities are summed up by various and various theorists.
3. Theorists. Be ready to read about 5 names of theorists in each paragraph giving their viewpoint on a certain topic. at this point, I barely even try to remember their names only the first 4 of the book are important and a few others but cuz the book is solely based on understanding the social world we need to read about the viewpoints of different theorists and what they think. sorry this is getting confusing but trust me sociology is not an easy subject
4. Time management. I still struggle with and am practicing managing my time while attempting past papers and if ur really bad at writing long ass essays for each question would not recommend it.
This is the sum of it and if u have any further questions feel free to ask I'll be more than happy to respond.