I have been working as Approach ATC, and I noticed Pilots struggle to understand how to work with Approach.
The goal of Approach is to guide Pilots to a point near the final runway, and then hand-over to Tower.
So when you are approaching an airport, and it’s quiet, it is probably ok, to fly VFR and follow your own flight plan.
When it’s busy, please do not submit a ‘with you’ or ‘flying VFR’ to Approach. Instead, forget about your flightplan and ask for ILS vectors to the airport and runway, and let the Approach ATC guide you. And follow the instructions! And don’t listen to Tower yelling out Guard messages - if he does that, he (or she) probably hasn’t noticed that he (or she) has an Approach ATC. Wait until Approach hands you over to Tower.
I hope this topic can contribute to better game play.
Note: This article was written with the best interest in mind and tries to summerise some best practices I’ve learned within IF and on this Forum. Positive contributions more than welcome, of course.