College Writing – From Paragraph to Essay By Lisa A Rumisek. Writing is a very important part of your university study. You will write assignments that may range from one paragraph to several pages long, and will write answers on tests and exams that may be a few sentences long or a complete essays. During this course, you will have many opportunities to study and discuss examples of English academic writing. Naturally, you will also have many opportunities to discuss your own academic writing and the writing of your classmates. You will learn how important the rader is to the writer, and how to express clearly and directly what you mean to communicate.