We all fly patterns throughout training and get our groove based on that, so when you're given a straight in by ATC, what do you typically do? The reason I ask is because I did this on Monday, and its kinda tricky compared to a pattern approach to landing. I got on the glide slope(lights) at about pattern altitude and it seemed to take forever to get in and required more power than i'd typically carry in a pattern approach. I think an approach more similar to the pattern would be to come in at pattern altitude and keep speed up until I get 3 white, then get slowed down and stabilized. I know wind will change all this, I'm just wondering if you have a general process or rule of thumb that you use for straight ins. Next time, I will get a bit higher and closer in before pulling power back.