This is a collection of resources that I have gathered to help graduate students, in particular PhD students. Some of these are serious, some are slightly less serious (but probably more useful). If you find these interesting, you might also like my 'favourite articles' page - click the 'reading' button at the top to go there.
Writing as programming - (this is one of my favourite ideas when I teach my 'Academic Writing' unit)!
Treemaps: these are like pie-charts, but much easier to view (especially for thin 'slices').
What is a PhD about? (explained with pictures, EXTREMELY helpful).
I strongly recommend this page to all PhD students and prospective students.
Books for graduate students
My advice is to get a copy of "How to get a PhD" and read it first, before looking at the other books here.
Book: "The Craft of Scientific Writing" by Michael Alley. Contains information on writing style in regard to scientific theses and papers, mostly at the word choice/sentence level. I've had a skim, looks pretty good, and one of my students really liked it.
Book: "How to get a PhD" by Estelle Phillips. This book is an excellent overview of the whole process of getting a PhD and working with a supervisor to produce your thesis. However, some parts of the book apply only to the UK PhD process.
Book: "Authoring a PhD Thesis" by Patrick Dunleavy. I haven't read this yet, but it has excellent reviews and may be in your university library.
Book: "Writing your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day" by Joan Bolker. I haven't read this yet, but it also has excellent reviews. It seems to be about the psychology of writing.
Various other links
Why consider LaTEX?: LaTEX is probably the single best way to improve your chances of successfully completing a large document like a PhD thesis. It has a steep learning curve at first, but investing your time is well worth it over the long term.
DeTexify: Draw maths symbols by hand, it will turn them into LaTEX.
http://writeordie.drwicked.com/: This site 'punishes' you if you fail to write sufficiently quickly...
http://750words.com/: This site helps to motivate you to write 750 words every day by keeping track of how many days in a row you achieve this goal.
http://www.phinished.org/: PhD thesis-writing survival forum.
http://www.phdcomics.com/: Piled Higher and Deeper (Webcomic about doing a PhD).
The danger of not reporting the tests that didn't work (this applies to backtesting too).